Shine the Spotlight on Animal Abusers

Target: Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox

Goal: Hold animal abusers accountable by implementing an animal abuse registry that identifies cruel perpetrators.

Several states, spanning all regions of the country, have enacted animal abuse registries that publicly identify those convicted of a felony animal cruelty offense. Many more states have proposed similar legislation. A Virginia Senate committee recently unanimously passed such a measure, but the bill faces potential obstacles from critics who deem the action ‘unaffordable.’

The costs of animal cruelty far outweigh any financial expenditure, however. Currently, shelters have no means of identifying dangers among potential pet owners. Without a proper avenue for background checking, too many shelters hand over disadvantaged pets to owners who exploit and torture them for personal gain or pleasure. These animals face a bleak future, if they have any future at all. Animal abusers impact the larger society as well. A disregard for animal life will often foretell a similar view toward human life. Domestic abusers and other violent criminals frequently share one commonality in their pasts: cruelty to animals.

Just as we warn communities about threats to their children or other innocents, we have an equal obligation to alert citizens to the dangers posed by those who would mistreat animals. Sign this petition and demand that Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates Kirk Cox make passage of an animal abuse registry act a top priority.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Speaker Cox,

With states from New York to your neighboring Tennessee, a clear trend has emerged in the ongoing discussion about animal welfare: inhumane treatment will not be tolerated.

Creation of an animal abuse registry gives pet distributors an invaluable tool in safeguarding the well-being of vulnerable animals by providing a means of checking potential purchasers’ backgrounds. Every day, animals who have no means of defense are subject to torture, mutilation, burning, maiming, and all means of atrocities at the hands of abusers entrusted with their care.

Further, studies show a strong correlation between animal cruelty early in life and violent acts against society later in life. The pattern stands clear, whether the crime in question is abuse toward women or children or the most horrifying acts of murder. An animal abuse registry would send the undisputed message to perpetrators and communities that animal cruelty is not merely a petty offense but a serious crime against its victims and against societies in whole.

Cost should not be a make-or-break issue for a vital step that could be enacted with compromise and collaboration, just as similar measures have succeeded across the country. This proposal enjoys broad support from organizations and citizens of every background statewide.

Listen to your constituents and support immediate passage of an animal abuse registry today. The investment in our future trumps any perceived cost.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

photo credit: Dave Parker

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13 Comments

  1. I’m sorry, but as a Swedish citizen I’m against public register which annihilate the individual’s right to personal integrity as we all have the right to.

    • Are you against sex offender registries too? If you have nothing to hide, registries shouldn’t offend your “personal integrity”.

    • You should be sorry Bengt. Animal and child abusers forfeit all human rights for their inhumane deeds. These are heinous crimes and Sweden has take the civil libertarian approach way too far – it is out of step with the world’s thinking and also has a high percentage of child abusers to prove it. As for personal integrity, these abusers had none in the first instance. Does Sweden punish anyone for anything? ……..

    • What about the rights of the abuse victims? If you choose to be an abusive savage, you have no integrity. So what are you protecting by not having registries for these monsters?

    • There is something SERIOUSLY WRONG WITH YOU if you take the side of the abuser!!

  2. Barton Dixon says:

    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer
    “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi

  3. ANIMAL ABUSE REGISTRY IN EVERY STATE TO SAVE ANIMALS FROM THESE TURDS NOW.

  4. This country definitely needs an animal abuse registry. We have to be able to protect the innocent animals from sick and demented monsters!

  5. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️😠

  6. STOP PROTECTING CRIMINALS! THIS WHY THIS WORLD IS S SCREWED UP BECAUSE THE “JUSTICE” SYSTEM WOULD RATHER TAKE THE EASY WAY OUT BY NOT PROSECUTING THESE MONSTERS.

  7. We do NOT want repeats of these crimes! — CRIMES AGAINST ANIMALS MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY — We must ensure that idiot-monsters are held accountable for their crimes — their depraved negligence & attitudes not taking into consideration the torturous suffering inflicted on animals is telling of unconscionable, irrational, immoral, depraved, sadistic & merciless humans — We love & care about our animals — they have value & RIGHTS — PUNISHMENTS & PENALTIES MUST BE SEVERE!! — I REPEAT — We do NOT want repeats of these animal crimes! — EVER!

  8. Activists must make Animal Rights Laws an election issue!

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