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State of Tennessee Will Soon Have An Animal Abuse Registry — 11 Comments

  1. We do have a registry of Violent/Sex offenders. A neighbor had the experience of having the police nearly break down his door, after a sex crime was committed. He was very shaken and traumatized. His offense was sex with a 16 year old when he was 18. He’s in his 30’s, but that has followed him.

    I look at how the police get away with sexual offenses against men and women in their control. If only the law was also used on them in the same way.

    My belief is that abuse of any kind reflects a mind extremely out of balance, from whatever has triggered it.

    How many people actually make a practice of checking the register? How often do they do it? How does it affect their actions? Do they shun the person? Do they warn others? I’m very curious. I don’t know anyone who checks this register. Do you?

  2. Well, I have mixed feelings about this. Of course, I think a registry is a good idea, which could prevent abusers from having animals, but then I’m not even sure about that. Animals are given freely on Craigslist and other sites. Also, predators grab free roaming animals.

    The other part is the recognition that abusers of others, whether animal or human are rarely stopped by laws, or fear of being on a registry.

    People who have an abuse mentality are driven by something irrational and twisted within themselves, which may have come from experiencing abuse themselves and/or the effects of medication.

    Consider that most of the gun massacres were committed by those on medications for mental disorders, and may have increased the tendency towards expressing previously repressed violence.

    • I see your point Sandy. Do you have a Violent and Sex Offender Register in the USA. We have them in the UK and it is considered a success. At least you can keep track of sex predators – pedophiles.

      Perhaps a register does not stop all offenders but it allows the public and the authorities to track offenders. We know who they are. This protects the public. So even if the person is driven to offend again the public can be forewarned of his/her presence. The same applies to law enforcement. They can watch these people more easily so when and if they progress to violence against people there is a better prospect of preventing them.

      Also I don’t believe that animal abuse is always driven by a mental disorder. It might be but not every animal abuser is going to be a mentally ill. For these people a register should be a deterrent. They will have to disclose to employers that they are on the register. That too is a deterrent.

  3. With the preponderance of animal-abuse cases in every state of the USA (and every other country) being cat-hoarders their registry is going to be filled to the brim with “cat lovers”. What a nice message that’s going to send to the world. 🙂

    • I am almost certain that cat hoarding will not be considered serious animal abuse under the act and therefore hoarders will not be registered if prosecuted. That needs to be checked however. Also cat hoarding is often associated with mental health issues which precludes a criminal prosecution.

    • Hmmm, we should have a registry for psychotic cat haters who troll cat-centric websites. You’d be number 1, babe. How’s One Green Planet treating you, Woodster? I see they put a stop to you real quick over there.

  4. What great news! Then everyone who kills their own cat by letting it roam free will finally be prosecuted under all animal neglect, animal endangerment, and animal abandonment laws that are already on the books in every last town, city, and county! Plus the person who caused the death of their own cat will be easy to find! As well as getting that well deserved criminal record for killing their own pets from neglect. Maybe they’ll all finally grow-up into respectable and responsible humans at long last and learn how to stop killing their own cats from never learning from their own fatal mistakes. Maybe they’ll finally learn what it means to love an animal at long last instead of treating it like some 100% expendable thing.

    • Hi Woody. Nice try but a fail. You, though, are the sort of person who will end being registered and then we can all see your ugly mug (face) on the internet branded a cat abuser. Lovely.

  5. The humane society is a bunch of self-aggrandizing blowhards who are only in it for the money. Every once in a great while they do something decent but generally they suck.

  6. The sentiment (or lack thereof) from the pres of the humane society doesn’t surprise me. I am reminded of a lengthy article written in ’99 with the same attitude of (paraphrasing) ‘let’s appreciate (dog fighters) for their talents and commitment and gather them into the fold’… and something about redirecting or assimilating them. Within the article the author compared those in dog fighting to doctors, lawyers, event coordinators, business managers… and that many of the spectators of these events represent all factions of society, including doctors, lawyers, judges, veterinarians, city council people, captains of industry, sports heroes and on and on. THIS, was from the humane society, and I will not use capital letters to spell the name, because they, in this aspect, are ultimately not humane and are bad for society. So again, the president of the humane society weighs in on this ever growing problem by not shaming animal abusers. We see how well that’s worked (not).

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