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    Animal Abuse Registry

    A state legislator in Michigan is proposing that the State enact an Animal Abuser registry modeled after other states Sex Offender Registry system.

    Legislator from Detroit introduces bill to create an animal abuser registry | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

    In Wayne County alone, the Humane Society investigated over 5,000 cases of animal abuse in 2011. No other state has this although similar legislation has been introduced in at least five states.

    Is this an idea whose time has come?
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    Re: Animal Abuse Registry

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    A state legislator in Michigan is proposing that the State enact an Animal Abuser registry modeled after other states Sex Offender Registry system.

    Legislator from Detroit introduces bill to create an animal abuser registry | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

    In Wayne County alone, the Humane Society investigated over 5,000 cases of animal abuse in 2011. No other state has this although similar legislation has been introduced in at least five states.

    Is this an idea whose time has come?
    Absolutely an idea whose time has come. Why not use the internet to mark animal abusers with a scarlet letter? I'm allll for it. Not only would it identify these horrible people, it would raise awareness for the rest of us to report it when we see it.
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    Re: Animal Abuse Registry

    This is a great idea not only how it would track those that have a track record of such activity and prevent ownership for such people, but it would effect how animal abuse is perceived. For example in treating those with antisocial behavior or a history of domestic violence. This would be a good tool for those who treat the abusers and help toward a better understanding of the psychology and /or behavioral pattern of the abusers. Not to mention keep these abusive pricks away from animals.

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    Re: Animal Abuse Registry

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    A state legislator in Michigan is proposing that the State enact an Animal Abuser registry modeled after other states Sex Offender Registry system.
    If it is modeled after the sex offender registry, it is bound to be riddled with the same logical quandaries, and real issues the list has now - from the ease of getting onto it, to the philosophical/moral issues associated with labeling people after they've committed a crime and paid their debt to society. IMO, if we allow ourselves to snap to an idea on an emotional note, and ignore the real questions surrounding the idea being supported emotionally, we're bound to make some grave errors - and do more harm than good.
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    Re: Animal Abuse Registry

    Quote Originally Posted by Travelsonic View Post
    If it is modeled after the sex offender registry, it is bound to be riddled with the same logical quandaries, and real issues the list has now - from the ease of getting onto it, to the philosophical/moral issues associated with labeling people after they've committed a crime and paid their debt to society. IMO, if we allow ourselves to snap to an idea on an emotional note, and ignore the real questions surrounding the idea being supported emotionally, we're bound to make some grave errors - and do more harm than good.
    The only problem I have with the sex offender registry is how they categorize people as sex offenders. An 18-year-old having sex with a16-year-old shouldn't make the list, as an example. Not sure if it does...which points out that a two-sentence explanation ought to accompany every name.
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    Re: Animal Abuse Registry

    The cats and I have discussed this and we believe that such a registry would have to be held to certain standards such as repeat offenders or egregious offenders. Yesterday we read about a man who was ticketed for "tying his cat to a rock" and we thought that this case was more about police over-authority than any bad intentions or harm to the cat.

    To show you how illogical these "systems" can be, I, a well-known cat rescuer, am barred from adopting at the local pound because I've adopted (and re-homed at great personal expense) "too many" cats. Animal Control is well aware of how well my charges were treated but technically, I'm in violation. Frankly, I don't give a **** because I really can't afford to rescue any more cats and I'm quite content to live with my own "cat family". But, in this stupid world, I might have ended up on this registry and that would shame me, a person who has done nothing but good deeds.

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    Re: Animal Abuse Registry

    I do not see how this can better society.

    How will this awareness do any good? If there is a "convicted animal rights abuser" in the neighborhood, will it make you keep a better eye on your pets? Will there be restrictions on where they live? "No closer than 500ft from a pet store"?
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    Re: Animal Abuse Registry

    Quote Originally Posted by Chiefgator View Post
    I do not see how this can better society.

    How will this awareness do any good? If there is a "convicted animal rights abuser" in the neighborhood, will it make you keep a better eye on your pets? Will there be restrictions on where they live? "No closer than 500ft from a pet store"?

    Good question.

    Anyone attempting to buy an animal from a breeder, store or adopt one from a shelter would have to go through a quick search of the data base to make sure they were not on it. If they were on it, they would be denied the opportunity to obtain another animal.

    They would not be barred from going into or near a pet store.
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    Re: Animal Abuse Registry

    No.


    What's next, an index of habitual speeders? Seatbelt scofflaws?


    We've arguably abused the sex offender registry already.

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    Re: Animal Abuse Registry

    There are thousands of free animals on Craigs List and there would be no problem getting an animal to abuse so I doubt this registry would do any good at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Good question.

    Anyone attempting to buy an animal from a breeder, store or adopt one from a shelter would have to go through a quick search of the data base to make sure they were not on it. If they were on it, they would be denied the opportunity to obtain another animal.

    They would not be barred from going into or near a pet store.

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