Target: 47th Assembly District Representative Chris Davis
Goal: Create an animal abuser database in Connecticut
Connecticut lawmaker Chris Davis recently proposed a law that would create a public registry for animal abusers similar to the one for sex offenders. If there is enough public interest, the idea could reach the courts soon for an official hearing. This kind of legislation would be a milestone for animal rights and deserves our support.
Similar laws have already been put in place in nearby Westchester and Suffolk counties in New York, but if Connecticut is successful it would mean that the concept is taking hold in other parts of the country and will hopefully continue to grow. The registry would provide an accessible database for citizens, animal welfare organizations, and adoption agencies to determine whether or not a potential adopter, or even a neighbor, has a history of mistreating animals.
After proposing the law, Davies made a statement saying, “There are victims to this crime. It’s our pets. They are members of our families.” Members of Connecticut communities have also spoken up in support of the registry, saying they would like to know where these people live so they can keep their pets away from them. The Connecticut Humane Society is also pleased that the state government has taken such a strong interest in animal welfare and is planning on introducing several new anti-cruelty bills during the 2013 legislative session.
Animal abuse is a crime that happens in every town in every state on a daily basis. Creating a database of convicted offenders could be pivotal in preventing repeat offenses as well as keeping our pets safe. Please sign the petition below to show your support for Chris Davis and an animal abuser registry in Connecticut.
Dear Representative Davis,
During the 2013 legislative session you plan on proposing a law that would provide the citizens of Connecticut with a public registry of convicted animal abusers. This would be a remarkable achievement that would not only protect the families and pets of Connecticut, but also greatly decrease the probability of repeat offenses.
Thank you so much for your commitment to animal rights. I hope that the bill succeeds so Connecticut can serve as an example for the rest of the country of the importance state governments should place in animal welfare.
[Your Name Here]
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