Target: Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey
Goal: Create public database with the names and photos of those convicted of animal abuse.
A new bill seeks to create an online animal cruelty registry in which the names of animal abusers are available to the public. The registry, which would be available on the New Jersey Health Department website, would list anyone convicted or found civilly liable for animal abuse. It would include the full name and photo of those convicted. If the bill is successful, New Jersey will become the second state to implement such a registry.
The proposed registry would help pet buyers choose humane and reputable breeders. It would also make it easier for animal shelters and pet rescues to ensure that animals are placed into caring homes. Finally, it would allow pet stores, breeding centers, and farms the ability to perform more thorough checks on potential employees. If passed in conjunction with another bill sponsored by the same assemblyman, those on the registry will be prohibited from working or volunteering with animals for two years.
This registry could help keep animals away from abusers, thereby preventing countless crimes against animals in the future. Furthermore, passing this bill could encourage states such as Florida, Massachusetts and Michigan, which are currently considering similar bills, to create registries of their own. Sign the petition below to show your support for the bill and ask the governor to work to ensure that it becomes law.
Dear Governor Christie,
A bill recently passed by the General Assembly would see a registry created containing the names and photographs of those convicted of animal abuse. Such a registry could help pet buyers avoid shady breeders and allow animal shelters and pet stores to ensure that prospective adopters or employees have no record of animal abuse. If implemented, New Jersey would become the second state to create such a registry.
A publicly available registry could help keep countless animals from falling into the hands of abusers. This groundbreaking bill could also help encourage other states to follow suit, and could even pave the way for a nationwide animal abuse database. We, the undersigned, ask you to protect New Jersey’s animals from cruelty by doing everything in your power to ensure that this bill becomes law.
[Your Name Here]
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