Target: Michigan State Representative Harvey Santana
Goal: Create an animal abuser database in Michigan
Michigan State Representative Harvey Santana recently proposed a bill that would create a statewide database for animal abusers. If the bill becomes law, Michigan would be the first state to establish a statewide animal abuser registry.
House Bill 4535 would require anyone convicted of animal cruelty to provide their names, addresses, and a photograph to a statewide animal abuser database within five days of their sentencing or their release from prison. Anyone convicted of animal cruelty in other states would be required to register the same information within 21 days of establishing residence in Michigan. Profiles will be kept in the database for five years providing there are no additional convictions. A $100 annual fee would also be required by abusers to pay for the registry. Failure to meet the above requirements would result in misdemeanor charges with penalties of up to a year in prison, fines up to $1,000, or both.
Similar laws have already been passed in counties in New York and Connecticut, but this would be the first statewide animal abuser registry and also the most thorough. The law would also prevent shelters and rescues from placing an animal with anyone who is registered in the database and make the database public for citizens to determine whether or not a potential neighbor has a history of mistreating animals.
If passed, HB 4535 would be an incredible start at stopping serial animal abuse across the country. Please sign the petition below to show your support for Harvey Santana and an animal abuser registry in Michigan.
Dear Representative Santana,
You recently proposed House Bill 4535, which, if passed into law, would provide the citizens of Michigan with a public registry of convicted animal abusers. Not only that, it would prevent shelters and rescues from placing animals with anyone in the database and also require those seeking residence in Michigan with prior convictions to register.
Thank you so much for your commitment to animal rights. The first statewide animal abuser registry would be a landmark law and a strong start to putting an end to serial animal abuse.
[Your Name Here]
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