Publicly Accessible Animal Abuser Register

Animal Abusers Register
Animal Abusers Register
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There is a need for a simple register of animal abusers. It should be accessible by the public or at least people with an interest in ensuring cat welfare when adopting out cats. I am thinking of cat rescue organisations. In the USA, the registers would be a on state-by-state basis or county-by-county basis. This has happened in New York state in Rockland, Albany and Suffolk counties.

Albany County was the third to pass an animal abuser registry law. This occurred on Oct 12th 2011. In NY, millions of animals are protected by animal abuser registries.

These are the first three of their kind in the USA. They are publicly accessible. They allow concerned people to track the whereabouts of convicted animal abusers. These offenders are unable to acquire an animal.

The Albany County law applies to convictions of misdemeanors and felonies relating to animal cruelty, animal fighting, sexual abuse of an animal and harming service/police dogs.

Offenders are obliged to register. Failure to do so is in itself a crime punishable by a max. 12 months prison sentence and up to $1,000 fine.

Use of the register is mandatory for people and organisations involved in selling or offering for adoption, animals. Failure to use the register is punishable by a $5,000 fine.

The objective is to prevent repeat offences and to try and put a brake on offenders going on to commit offences against people.

I presume the registered individuals can apply for their name to be removed after a certain period of time. Perhaps not. There will be an argument about a listing being indefinite.

Playing devil’s advocate, I can see a resistance to this from people who are against animal rights or against extending animal rights which impinge upon human rights. These are the human-centric people who see animals as creatures to use for the benefit of humans.

A section of society might claim that this sort of register is an abuse of human rights. I disagree vehemently of course. What about the rights of the victims and their caretaker/guardians? Worldwide there is still a great need to improve animal welfare and to extend animal rights.

We agree that a convicted criminal should lose some human rights if necessary and the victim’s rights should be prioritized. If a criminal is genuinely rehabilitated then his rights can be restored after his sentence is served and/or fine paid. Human rights should be granted universally but earned back once lost. I don’t see an obstacle to losing some rights such as the right to privacy if a person has committed a crime.

There is a petition on this website.

32 thoughts on “Publicly Accessible Animal Abuser Register”

  1. I’m just here waiting for Jim Stevenson aka Woodsman001.
    jk, but i’ve seen how slow minded he is in this matter whit animals as cute as cats.

    I’d asume woodsman001 is a vegeterian as he complains about how cats are slaughtering birds by the hundreds every day.
    It’s nothing diffirent that how other animals kill to survive, aswell as humens.

    But enough about that fool.

    In Norway cat’s are free to go in and out of the house when they feel to. In my house we have 2 cat doors, the one on the porch is just a normal cat door, but we have one that can read the chip in her neck at the entrance door. So she can come and go as she want’s to.

    Our Cat get’s both dryfood and wet food, but she stills go out to hunt for birds. It’s just a instinct they have to hunt for they food, we humens we’re no difirent before we industrialised our food and don’t need to hunt further than the closest store for our frozen meat or fish anymore.

    • So, feeding your cats from “industrialized meats” absolves you from any responsibility that you need to have from your cats destroying even more of our valuable native wildlife (upon which your very own life depends). The term “Bliss Ninny” comes to mind.

      • We don’t only give her industrialised food, we also boil some fish for her once or twice a week, let it col down and then she can eat.

        My father gave her fish yesterday and she was downstairs sleeping in my bed. As soon as my father called her name and said the word fish she jump out of my bed a ran up the stairs.

        • Then you clearly admit that you are destroying — killing — valuable native wildlife for your “But cats make me FEEL GOOD!” values. And for no other reason. Thanks for proving every last thing that I and all others already know about “cat-lickers”.

            • Thank you Michael! Sometimes people really don’t contribute value to a discussion, but come from a place of vile judgement and negativity. We can be on opposite ends of a perspective, without being mean and hurtful.

          • Why would i lick my cat? -.-

            I like all animals, don’t understand you’re hate agenst cats, they’re cozy animals.

            You might aswell be saying that Penguins are vermit because they kill fish, birds are vermit because they kill worms and beatels, a wolf is a vermit because they kill rabbits etc.

            The list goes on and on,but all this animals and everyone else of the animals kills animals for a reason, to eat, survive and keep they’re species alive, it’s all just primal instinct.

            i doubt Cats or any other animal are to blame for the extintion of diffirent species around the world.

            I belive you’re hate agenst cats are somewhat personal, mommy and daddy didn’t buy you a cat as a child?

            Either that or you’re just ignorant to how life on earth works… i feel sad for you’re low IQ m8.

            here’s a little tip for u m8, the internett loves cats, there’s so manny gif’s, pictures etc etc. NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOU’RE HATE FOR CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            Yeah shure i can admit to killing native life for food, my own survival, why not, aswell as you do when you go to the store and buy you’re beef or what you eat, you support the companies that breed and slaughter cows, sheep, chicken, fish ETC for the simple purpose of keeping the humens race whit food.

            I think you should focus you’re weird anger for cats agenst humens instead as we are responsible for the death of so manny animal species. Just imagine how manny animals that we breed and slaughter everyday…. And you attack cats, why? i sense no logic in you’re comments.

            And think about all the companies whit giant factory’s producing so much shit that’s destroying the ozon layer and giving us global warming crises. Imagine how manny species that’s suffering due to that, you mean cat’s are responseble for global warming aswell?
            ( ok, i’l talk to my cat about it, see what he can do whit the giant cat – global warming conspirecy)

            Unless you’re a vegeterian you realy shouldn’t speak m8. You know what, not even if you’re a vegeterian, plant’s are a form of life aswell, pls go find a cave and die of starvation. Earth is a better place whitout you buddy.

  2. A registry comprised of convicted abusers would be great but sorely inadequate.
    Many, many animal abusers have adjudication of guilt witheld in order to be placed on probation. Therefore, they are not considered convicted of anything. Others, after so many years, have their record expunged.
    It’s those not on any registry that I fear the most. They either have no conviction on record or haven’t been caught. At least the ones registered are highlighted and, perhaps, under some sort of scrutiny.

    • Do you happen to live where it is illegal to let cats roam free? As it is in most every place on earth where there are reasoning, responsible, and humane adults who actually care about the safety and well-being of their animals. If so, if it is illegal to let cats roam free where you live; then you will find your name on that list if you let a cat roam free. Clearly guilty of animal-neglect, animal-abandonment, and animal-endangerment. What’s your name and address, let’s get that list started with your information.

      • Jason, in many places on the planet it is still safe for domestic cats to roam free. Don’t you realise that? The places where it is illegal to let cats roam free are still rare. This indicates that the public still believes it is okay to allow it. This puts you out of step with mainstream thought.

        • Far as I know, the only place it is still legal is the UK. Unfortunately those criminally-negligent values are now spreading into other countries with those highly illegal TNR programs. Most communities, after they find out what a dismal disaster and failure TNR programs are (as you in the UK have already found out for decades), now rescind any allowances that were given for them outside of well-known and enforced animal-protection and environmental-protection laws.

          • Far as I know, the only place it is still legal is the UK

            Wrong. Completely wrong. All of Asia allows free roaming and so does Europe. The same for the Eastern Mediterranean. All of S. America and Central America allow free roaming cats. Canada allows it. Russian allows it. Africa allows it. I could go on…

            • Barely tolerating criminally-negligent pet-owners is one thing, allowing it is a whole other thing. Then you wonder why your cats are dying in all the streets of the world. Wow. You can’t even think. I fear for the life of anyone’s cat who takes any advice from you.


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