Animal Abuser Registry Proposed in California

Posted on March 2, 2010

6/4/10 Update: After passing the Senate Judiciary Committee in April, SB 1277 failed to advance further due to exorbitant cost estimates provided by the California Department of Justice. While other states considering abuser registry legislation have compiled fiscal estimates ranging from $19,000 to $60,000 for costs of implementation of such registries, California’s DOJ, in stark contrast, submitted estimates to the Senate Appropriations Committee ranging from $750,000 to $2 million. Owing to legislative deadline constraints, ALDF and the bill’s sponsor were unable to successfully challenge these figures. We hope to see the legislation reintroduced next year.

Press Conference Webcast
Watch the February 22, 2010 press conference where California Senator Dean Florez and ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells announced the launch of the national Expose Animal Abusers campaign and the landmark new animal abuser registry bill in California.

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 continuedabuse and neglect. 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.”
Senator Dean Florez, 16th District, California


NY county to launch first animal abuser registry
Reuters, October 21, 2010

Time for an Animal Abuse Registry?
FoxNews (Video), October 18, 2010

NY County Creating List of Animal Abusers
TIME, October 14, 2010

Nation’s First Animal Abuse Registry Approved
The Associated Press (Video), October 14, 2010

NY county creating list of animal abusers
The Associate Press, October 14, 2010

Animal-Abuse Registries: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
The Wall Street Journal (Law Blog), October 13, 2010

Animal protection bill passes
Newsday (USA), October 13, 2010

Suffolk Creates First-ever Animal Abuser Registry
Long Island Press, October 13, 2010

Advocates Push For An Animal Abusers Registry
WBZ-TV, July 14, 2010

Animal Abuse Registries
WUSA-TV, July 10, 2010

Animal Abuser Registry Proposed For N.Y.,
July 7, 2010

A New Plan to Stop Animal Abuse
Parade, May 16, 2010

Groups push for animal abuse registry, April 14, 2010

Animal Abuse as Clue to Additional Cruelties
The New York Times, March 17, 2010

California Considers Tracking Animal Abusers Like Sex Offenders, March 5, 2010

Should Animal Abusers, like Sex Offenders, Be Registered?
Time, March 4, 2010

California considering an Animal Abuse Registry, March 4, 2010

California Weighs State Registry For Animal Abusers
“All Things Considered,” National Public Radio, February 26, 2010

Legislation targets people convicted of animal cruelty
USA Today, February 23, 2010

Animal abusers: New bill proposes registry to track them
USA Today, February 23, 2010

Should Animal Abusers Be Tracked?, February 23, 2010

Poll: Should animal abusers have to register like sex offenders?
Los Angeles Times (blog), February 23, 2010

State senator proposes animal abuse registry
The Orange County Register, February 23, 2010

CA may list Animal Abusers Online
MyFox Los Angeles, February 22, 2010

Dean Florez wants animal abusers to register publicly
Bakersfield Californian, February 22, 2010

Should animal abusers be registered like sex offenders?
San Francisco Chronicle (blog), February 22, 2010

Animal abuser online registry is proposed in California
Los Angeles Times (blog), February 22, 2010

Lawmakers Consider an Animal Abuse Registry
The New York Times, February 21, 2010

State considers registry for animal abusers
The Press Democrat, February 21, 2010

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