Require Mental Health Treatment for All Animal Abusers

Target: Anthony Rendon, California State Assembly Speaker

Goal: Ensure that those who have committed acts of violence against animals receive necessary mental health treatment and rehabilitation.

California may soon require animal abusers to undergo mental health treatment and rehabilitation. The Animal Legal Defense League and other animal welfare advocates are demanding that the state of California pass a bill that would require all animal abusers to receive mental health assessments and rehabilitation to prevent future acts of violence against both animals and people. It is hoped that this proposed law would address the known link between animal abuse and other forms of violence, especially domestic abuse. Those who abuse animals must be caught early and prevented from causing more harm.

If the bill is passed, those convicted of violent offenses against animals would be screened for mental health issues and would have to undergo counseling and education courses in proper techniques for interacting with animals. Research has shown there is a strong link between domestic and animal abuse, and that the most violent offenders in prison are more likely to have committed serious acts of violence on animals before moving on to human targets. Many experts believe these types of crimes are linked on a psychological level, and that treating this root cause may help prevent future incidence of abuse.

California must protect its most vulnerable residents, including the many animals that are far too often subjected to heinous acts of abuse. Sign below to urge that violent offenders against animals be given mandatory mental health treatment.


Dear Assembly Speaker Rendon,

A new bill seeks to address the known link between those who cause harm to animals and other forms of abuse, especially domestic violence. As many criminal experts suggest there is a possible psychological link between these acts, it makes sense to try to address the root cause through evidence-based approaches, such as therapeutic counseling.

The state of California must take all necessary steps to prevent harm to those most at risk. That is why we, the undersigned, ask that you support this bill and help ensure that it is passed into law.


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  1. Robert Ortiz says:

    They need it since something is obviously wrong if they’re abusing and/or killing animals.

  2. lynn woods says:

    they don’t need help the animals need help and the way to do that is to punish the abusers anyone that abuses an animal can kill and abuse a person some of these creeps are serial killers in the making so punish them now and maybe save a persons life

  3. Any animal abuse is never right. The animals should be protected and the people helped. It is just wrong.

  4. Heather HJ says:

    I think they need to be punished and then mental health help during prison sentence or before getting out. There is something wrong with them if they are hurting animals.!need And yes they may hurt or kill people. It not right. Justice for animals. I love animals and don’t want them hurt, tortured, or killed nor do they need to be used for selfish and ugly reasons.

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