Protect Pets From Convicted Animal Abusers

Target: Cameron Sexton, Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives

Goal: Make it illegal for convicted animal cruelty offenders to own pets.

Animals remain vulnerable to abuse and neglect as long as they are allowed to be placed with convicted animal cruelty offenders, as is currently the case in Tennessee. Tell lawmakers to take a stand against animal cruelty.

A cat killed by an alleged stalker, another cat reportedly murdered for playing with a Christmas tree, a dog thrown from an overpass: these are just some of the cases of animal cruelty that have recently made headlines in Tennessee. Imagine placing dogs, cats, or other domesticated animals with those found responsible for these crimes. At best this puts them in a position of vulnerability and at worst it could mean the horrifying death of that animal.

Current Tennessee law allows for convicted animal cruelty offenders to own pets, but recently proposed legislation aims to outlaw this practice for at least two years post-conviction. This move is just one in succession of several that are making Tennessee harder on animal cruelty offenders, beginning when they became the first state to create a registry for those convicted of aggravated animal cruelty. Sign below and demand that lawmakers support this ban on pet ownership and continue this trend towards animal welfare.


Dear Speaker Sexton,

Many animal cruelty victims have suffered due to Tennessee’s previously imperfect animal cruelty legislation. That has improved with proposed harsher penalties for animal cruelty offenders and the creation of an animal abuse registry. Now, thanks to Rep. Darren Jernigan, your state could take another bold stand against animal cruelty and protect domesticated animals of all kinds from abuse and neglect.

House Bill 1643 aims to make it illegal for previously convicted animal cruelty offenders to own pets for at least two years post-conviction. This would protect innocent animals from those already deemed capable of serious harm. This is an important move in the right direction. I demand that you show support for this legislation and protect Tennessee’s domesticated animals.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Protect all animals from someone who has been charged with animal cruelty in the past from EVER owning or being around an animal. Do NOT allow them under any condition to have a pet of any kind.

  2. “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 a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein

  3. This Bill 1643 is for only two years. Although better than none, a law should be placed for forever fobidding a cruminal animal abuser from owning an animal!
    Animal abusers are evil to the corr and never recorm, so its imperative that they never be allowed near animals or even own them. Not even a pet fish!

  4. Priscilla Casey says:

    I hate Tennessee! This stats is full of ignorant, lowlifes that treat animals like garbage. I have first hand experience with how this state works when it comes to animal abusers. You think in two years an evil monster that abuses animals is some how going to change!?!

  5. Sherry Goodyear says:

    2 Years? It should be forever.

  6. It’s appalling that the state of Tennessee allows convicted scumbag animal torturers to own pets!!! WTF!!!??? This should be illegal!!

  7. Shirley Lemieux says:

    This Bill is a step forward in protecting pets. The fact that it only has a 2 year post conviction rule of not being able to own pets is seriously frowned upon. No convicted animal abuser should ever be able to own pets. The 2 year rule just postpones another animal suffering at the hands of a convicted animal abuser.

  8. What’s 2 years?? There is supposed to be an animal registry and it should be life for them!!

  9. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    2 years is NOT long enough. The BAN on ever owning, caring for or working with ANY animals ever again must be PERMANENT.

  10. This should be a PERMANENT BAN, NOT just 2years. C’mon Tennessee your better than that! Enact strict anti cruelty laws & enforce them. This should be Nation wide. These inbred mutants are nothing but Oxygen Thieves! Cull them!

  11. Michelle Stewart says:

    All animal abusers, torturers, neglectors, abandoners, killers, and people that are involved in beastiality must be banned for life of owning or going near any animals ever again

  12. Dear Speaker Sexton,
    Animal cruelty is now officially banned across the United States, as President Trump has signed the federal document. The recognition of the link between cruelty to animals and crimes against humans played a major role in this ban. Thank those responsible for making the country safer for animals and please proceed accordingly.

  13. Mary F Harrington says:

    That’s like living next door to a child killer and the state of Tennessee officials telling you it’s ok… he won’t do it again.

  14. Elease M. Bradford says:

    Anyone who abuses animals should be banned from ever having pets or being around any other animals because they can’t be trusted.

  15. Instigation of the death penalty for animal abusers who abuse/ kill is required internationally.

  16. A ban for 2 years post-conviction? Not good enough!! What the hell do you people think – that these murdering, torturing scumbags are suddenly going to become decent, compassionate and caring after their 2-year ban? This is a joke!! These filth need a long jail time and then a LIFETIME ban on ever keeping an animal. And back to jail for life if they don’t comply. And have their names on a nationwide abusers list so that people know what they are. Get this right and do your jobs properly.!! JUSTICE for all innocent animals.

  17. Those convicted animal abusers should be sodomized!!!

  18. Any animal abuser should never be allowed to own an animal again wtf are they only giving a 2 year ban its a joke this law is wrong and will cause the death of more innocent animals

  19. Connie Ridge says:

    Why don’t laws work for the victims? I get sick of being in such a backwards society and constantly fighting the idiots.

  20. Raymond Stevens says:

    Animal abusers should lose their freedom or, preferably, their life.

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