Thanks to online registries, we have the knowledge to keep our kids safe from registered sex offenders. But what about our beloved pets? California may have the answer.
State Senate majority leader Dean Florez proposed a bill that would require anyone convicted of a felony involving animal cruelty to register with the police for a public online forum, similar to sex offenders.
This registry would help identify people with a history of animal abuse, as well as serve as an early warning for future crimes, since people guilty of violent crimes often have a history of animal abuse. An online registry would also be useful for tracking these abusers, since many move to another jurisdiction or state after they are caught. People who are involved in puppy mills, animal fighting rings, and hoarders of animals (which leads to neglect) could also be tracked more easily with an online registry.
An online registry of animal abusers would significantly benefit communities and law enforcement. Violence is violence, and abuse is abuse. Tell Governor Schwarzenegger to support the bill for an animal abuse registry.