Target: Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee
Goal: Make the names of animal abusers available to the public.
It will soon be decided if convicted animal abusers should have such charges publicly disclosed. Turning this bill into a reality could help to save many animals from potential owners with malevolent intent.
The Tennessee Animal Abuser Registration Act is a proposed law that would make it so anyone found guilty of having committed an animal abuse crime on or after January 1, 2016 would be placed on a public list posted on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation website. First offenders would stay on the list for two years and people who commit offenses after that would remain on the list for an additional five years per offense.
Anyone, including people who work at animal shelters, animal control establishments and police stations would have access to the proposed list. Allowing this to happen would better ensure that dog fighters and other people who have a history of harming animals would not be allowed to adopt them.
Gaining support for this bill is also crucial because a recent university study found that people who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people. Since this is the case, such a law may also help to protect innocent people, as they would have the power to choose who to avoid for safety reasons.
Sign this petition and demand the Tennessee governor make this proposed law a reality. If nothing is done, more animals and people will likely suffer at the hands of callous abusers.
Dear Governor Haslam,
It is currently up to you to decide if the Tennessee Animal Abuser Registration Act will officially become law. As you know, the law would require the names of people who committed animal abuse crimes to be public. It is important that this law is passed, since it would make it much more difficult for people who have hurt animals to adopt them.
For no less than a two year period, officials and others would have access to the names of people who were convicted of committing animal abuse crimes on or after January 1, 2016. A recent university study found that a person who hurt an animal is also five times more likely than someone else to commit a violent crime. Allowing citizens access to such information would be extremely helpful, as it would allow innocent people to selectively choose who to associate with, making it less likely that they would become victims.
For all of these reasons, I urge you to support the Tennessee Animal Abuser Registration Act. More animals and people will likely suffer if we continue to remain silent about the actions of such cold-hearted human beings.
[Your Name Here]
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