ALDF Launches Campaign to Expose Animal Abusers

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on February 22, 2010

The Animal Legal Defense Fund today launched an effort to help states establish public registries of anyone convicted of animal abuse. Such registries would protect animals, pet guardians and communities by preventing repeat offenses from anyone with a known history of abusing animals. This could include violence (torture, mutilation, intentional killings, etc.), sexual abuse, and animal fighting as well as neglect (such as hoarding).

Please visit and urge your state lawmakers to propose legislation for an animal abuser registry in your state. You can also watch this short video explaining why an animal abuser registry is the best solution to preventing new cases of animal abuse and to create safer communities.

Through our Do Not Adopt List campaign, we are promoting model legislation that could be enacted in state legislatures. Such bills have been introduced in the past by elected officials in Rhode Island, Colorado, and Tennessee.

Today, the first-ever bill for a statewide registry in California was announced by its sponsor, State Senator Dean Florez. “We operate shelters in the hopes of giving abandoned pets a second chance at a loving home, not subjecting them to lives of continued abuse and neglect,” Florez said. “A registry of abusers would help ensure animals are not being adopted out to convicted abusers, end the cycle of abuse and increase the likelihood of finding these pets the forever home they deserve.”

At 10:30 a.m. Pacific today, Sen. Florez will live stream his press conference from the “press room” of the website, where it will also be available for viewing following the event.

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