New law passed to treat animal abusers the same way as sex offenders.
The U.S has led the way in animal rights law as certain states begin to treat animal abusers with the same severity as sex offende
The details of animal abusers will now be listed on a database, much in the same was as the sex offenders register.
Anyone found guilty of animal cruelty will have to pay a $50 fine and a recent photograph of themselves to be added to the register, if they refuse they will be issued with a fine of $1000.
Tennessee is the first state in the country to allow their database to be viewed at nationwide level, but other states including New York city, Cook County, Illinois, and Tampa Bay, Florida all have local registers.
And the word is spreading, other states such as Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas and Washington are following suit with animal abuse registries in order to crack down on this kind of crime.
Suffolk County, Long Island was the first place in the U.S to have any kind of animal abuse register, and legislator Jon Cooper spoke of how happy he is that other states have followed suit.
“We know there is a very strong correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence,” and “Almost every serial killer starts out by torturing animals, so in a strange sense we could end up protecting the lives of people.”
While stopping criminals before they turn into murderers is one of the positive outcomes of the initiatives, the people who have set up these programs say that proper education about animals and how to look after them is essential in getting animals in the future the best care that they can have, and there is often a fine line between neglect and abuse.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, have the following guidelines for reporting animal abuse-
Give a concise, written statement about the information you are giving
Provide photos of the location and animals if you can, but do not put yourself in danger to obtain these
Provides names of the people involved if possible
While anonymous statements are accepted, the case is more likely to go to court if they have witnesses they can call upon
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