New York Creates First-Ever Animal Abuser Registry

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In a first, the New York Senate has passed a bill that would require that convicted animal abusers - just like convicted sex offenders - register as such with the division of criminal justice services. Even more, those who have been convicted of abusing and torturing animals would also have to undergo a required psychiatric evaluation and would be banned from ever owning pets again.

Under the bill, the names and addresses of convicted animal abuses in New York would be made readily accessible to the public. Those involved in the sale and adoption of animals would be able to check the registry before allowing someone to own an animal.

Animal cruelty has been a felony in New York since 1999 when Buster's Law was passed. Buster was a cat in Schenectady in upstate New York who was doused with kerosene and set on fire in 1997. The law bearing his name was created to ensure that those who commit such crimes are convicted. The new law (S2305A-2013) takes things a step further by creating the registry.

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It is more than well-established that the abuse of animals can be a "gateway behavior" to violence against humans. Senator Greg Ball of Patterson, who sponsored the bill, addressed this very point:

Persons who commit crimes against animals represent some of the worst kind of people, and often expand their carnage to their neighbors and the larger community. Most people can agree that the level of respect and kindness shown for animals - creatures who cannot speak for themselves, or protect themselves and are easily abused and taken advantage of - is a fine predictor of how a person will treat their peers.

Just as Megan's Law was created to protect children from repeated sex offenders, Ball's bill will protect animals from repeat animal abusers - from (again, quoting Patterson) "violent and cruel behavior" that "cannot and should not be tolerated."

Alice Calabrese, the CEO of Lollypop Farm and the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, says that there is a "high recidivism rate" among those who abuse animals, and that the registry is more than needed. Her organization receives about 1,200 calls about animal cruelty every year.

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Ball's bill is now being sent to the New York Assembly where it is being sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, who was the driving force behind the sponsorship of Buster's Law. Noting that we have "expanded the DNA database to help catch criminals and exonerate the innocent," Tedisco underscores that we "now we have an opportunity to advance additional public safety measures including protecting our pets from abuse and ensuring animal abusers don't go on to hurt people."

Michigan is also considering creating a registry of animal abusers, as have other states (including California). However, a bill to create such a registry in Maryland last year failed. Now that New York is on the verge of creating a registry of animal abusers, it really is up to the other 49 states to follow suit and do the right thing, as Michelle Gwynn writes.

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As Tedisco says, creating the registry of those convicted under Buster's Law means that "all members of the family" are protected. If all states had such a registry, the next step could be a national registry of animal abusers in order for states to share information, and so that we can best protect "who cannot speak for themselves."

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Cathleen Titus

This is the letter I posted on and will be sent to Washington D.C............Why do you continue to ignore the outcry of millions of people about animal abuse? Over 25 MILLION animals are abandoned and killed each year in this Country. Over 16 MILLION are gassed in kill shelters each year. These innocent animals are shoved into tiny chambers, one on top of the other, scared, crying, and fighting to get a breath. Most states get grants to run these kill shelters, but if that money was used to spay and neuter the "OVER POPULATION OF UNWANTED ANIMALS" we could have the population under control in just 10 years or less. These gas chambers are by no way humane! It takes over 20 minutes for an animal to die this way, and those who do survive the gassing are killed in the most horrible way. This is OUTRAGIOUS!! We all complain about the animal abuse in other countries but are we really any better? People rape, burn and torture animals every day in this Country and get away with only a slap on the wrist. The "AWA" was written in 1966 and needs to be changed. It calls for only the MINIMUM care of animals and our dogs and cats are still considered livestock. We do NOT EAT our dogs and cats in this country. Our Dogs and cats are our companions. Our dogs are here for the blind, the sick, our Police, and not to mention our Military and disabled Vets. What we all want is the current laws on the books to be changed. #1: Make the laws across the board in EVERY state the same. Use the Money to spay and Neuter animals instead of gassing. #2: All animals in shelters must be fixed before they are adopted out. #3: Make ALL puppy mills illegal and anyone who runs one be charged with a felony. True good breeders are being damaged by these "back yard breeders” who only care about making money without any concern for the wellbeing of the animals, and what’s worse is when the animals use is over they are killed and dumped like garbage. #4: We would like to have a law written that states ANYONE who commits animal abuse be fined and put in jail. Please you have the power to make this happen. The outcry in this Country is Huge. Animals feel pain and hurt as we do. God said in "Ecclesiastes 3:19" FOR WHAT HAPPENS TO THE CHILDREN OF MAN AND WHAT HAPPENS TO THE BEASTS ARE THE SAME. AS ONE DIES SO DOES THE OTHER.THEY ALL HAVE THE SAME BREATH AND MAN HAS NO ADVANTAGE OVER THE BEASTS! FOR ALL IS VANITY.

March 08 2014 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cathleen Titus

March 08 2014 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cathleen Titus

March 08 2014 at 1:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Unfortunately, this bill never made it past the Assembly, The Senate passed it, but the Assembly stopped it. We need to continue the quest to help Senator Ball get this put into LAW! GO HERE: Visit Sen. Ball's website to sign the petition today:

January 22 2014 at 6:35 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Joanie's comment

Thanks Joanie. Just signed the petition!

February 05 2014 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Naomi Cohen

we all need to know that these sick perverts are locked away.

December 29 2013 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Charmaine M Anderson

From the bottom of my very heart and soul, thank you Senator Greg Ball and the rest of the senate who voted to pass this bill!! This is a wonderful thing, and I pray it inspires every other state, province, country, etc., to do the very same thing! God bless you and keep you!! :)

December 28 2013 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Margaret Skeel

Great now if the other US states and other nations would follow suit... I would love for Australia to have a registry like this!

December 28 2013 at 4:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Margaret Skeel

great... now if the other states will follow suit and other nations as well (would like to see this in australia too!)

December 28 2013 at 4:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Laurie Hein

This is the BEST NEWS EVER!!!!!! I hope it goes VIRAL EVERYWHERE----Our entire country needs this & the rest of the world too!!!~ All animals are innocent & so vulnerable~ Thank you for this information so much Barbara!!~

December 28 2013 at 12:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barbara Ferrucci You

I'm so happy that this is passed! CONGRATS NEW YORK! It has to start some place, so now let's get going! ANIMAL ABUSERS MUST BE PUNISHED! This is just the first step and there's a long way to go, but it can and will be done!

December 27 2013 at 10:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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