Call for USA National Registry of Animal Abusers

A recent story about an animal abuser supports the view of many in America who want a national registry of animal abusers. The matter concerns a man whose name is Anthony Appolonia. On December 4, 2008 in Monmouth County, USA, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison for torturing and killing 19 cats. Monmouth County is in New Jersey.

Appolonia moved to Delaware on his release in November 2012. Four Delaware residents have said that they unknowingly gave him cats for adoption. It appears from documentary evidence (see montage below) that Appolonia solicited cats. Although the situation is not completely clear at the moment. But we do know based upon the evidence of four Delaware residents that they gave him cats and we don’t know where the cats are at present.

Appolonia - an animal abuser
Appolonia – an animal abuser
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The fact of the matter is that this animal abuser should have been barred under court order from having any contact with animals for the rest of his life and that the court order should be listed on a registry available to the public. I would argue that such a registry should be available to the public indefinitely. Some others might argue that there should be a time limit on how long an animal abuser is listed on a public registry. Others would argue that it is unfair and unproductive to make such a registry public. They argue that a public registry vilifies criminals for the time they are on the registry which does not help to protect animals because it does not change behavior. I don’t get that argument. It is pointless. The objective of a registry is not to change the behavior of animal abusers but to protect innocent animals from their perverted desires.

There should be a nationwide registry so that offenders can be cross-referencing between the 50 states of the USA. In fact there should be a worldwide registry as abusers travel abroad as well as to different states in the USA. This would be akin to people convicted of sex crimes in the UK which protects the public. An animal abuse database would protect domestic cats and other domesticated animals. I believe that cats are particularly vulnerable to people like Appolonia. Cats are very easy targets for people who get kicks out of hurting animals.

On November 15, 2015 I wrote about the state of Tennessee which was in the process of creating a statewide animal abuse registry. Certain cities, one of which is New York, also have animal abuse registries. Tennessee is the first state in the USA to have an animal abuse registry as I understand it.

I feel quite confident that other states have considered or are considering the creation of an animal abuse registry. If that is the case, the process should be speeded up and a network created between the states. Only in this way will animals be truly protected across the USA.

I cannot see any argument why such a registry should not be created. The only reason why it has not happened is because politicians are disinterested in such a project. Or they de-prioritise this sort of legislation. Of course, I disagree with that attitude.

I don’t know of any country that has an animal abuse registry. In the UK, on March 2014, there was a call for an animal abuser registry. The call was for a campaign to create such a database of abusers. The campaign failed to gain enough support for the government take it seriously. One thousand people signed a petition. A representative of the government stated that the government had no proposals to introduce a database of animal abusers. He stated that such a database would raise civil rights and data protection issues. He also stated that he was unsure how such a system would be enforceable “given how easy it is for animals to change hands”. That last point is irrelevant because this is about people being registered.

There is, of course, a national database of criminal offenders in the UK. I get the arguments against a UK registry although I disagree with them. However, the UK is different to the USA, quite obviously. This is because in the USA there is both federal and state law and even laws going down to county and city level. In the UK, by and large, there’s only one law which is the law of the country created by statute. This helps is creating a comprehensive nationwide database.

As the law in America is more fragmented and in respect of certain crimes created on a state-by-state basis, it would seem that there is a much more pressing requirement for a national database of animal abuse offenders. What do you think?

Source: (a New Jersey online newspaper).

8 thoughts on “Call for USA National Registry of Animal Abusers”

  1. there should DEFINITELY be something worldwide, BUT it has to start at the “grassroots-level” first. once it takes hold there the rest will follow. thats how sex-offenders being registered started. it had to take hold locally first. if im not mistaken they made the same complaints about sex-offenders being able to move, etc & that THAT was why registering them wouldnt be effective(people move, etc), but now we see that THATs not an issue anymore. it has to start somewhere. maybe people should petition reminding their governments that animal abuse IS considered an indicator of potential sexual/physical violence to others as well. so it IS NOT just about animals. it IS about personal safety as well. essentially, people that hurt animals typically do end up hurting people as well, whether they are doing so as a surrogate or as a means to “test the waters”.
    i hope i said that right, or u get what i mean at least.

  2. I have argued for years this is a necessity. The software platforms already exist through the sex offender registry. Abusers can simply move or have someone else procure a pet at any shelter. Bans on pet ownership should include everyone residing at that address.
    The hardest part will always be getting judges to enforce it. When people abuse or starve domestic pets or livestock they are often let off with a surrender agreement most of them not even including the vet bills. Much like vets who blind helpless little cats are offered a Pre Notice of Contemplated Action that amounts to a plea deal to pay a fine.
    People who hurt, abuse, starve animals are sick twisted human beings. There is a high incidence of spousal and child abuse associated. So much so some jurisdictions now call either CPA or AC when either humans or pets are being abused.

  3. I agree with Cat’s Meow that it should be worldwide. We just had a cat shot with a hunting arrow, in our neighborhood in Northern California (Rohnert Park). Fortunately, the cat survived after hundreds of dollars of surgery, and is recuperating at home. I hope this guardian keeps her cats indoors from now on, because the offender is on the loose, with no suspects yet. This happened a couple of weeks ago in July 2016.


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