Praise New York for Creating Animal Abuser Registry

Target: New York State Senator Greg Ball

Goal: Thank New York legislators for establishing a statewide animal abuser registry

The New York Senate recently voted on whether or not to create an animal abuser registry and the legislation has passed. New York will soon adopt the nation’s first statewide registry for those convicted of animal neglect or cruelty. This is a landmark piece of legislation and truly a significant moment in animal welfare, and for that New York deserves our praise.

Buster’s Law was originally passed in 1999 made animal cruelty a felony in New York. The law’s name comes from a cat that was set on fire in 1997. With the passing of this new legislation, Buster’s law will be updated to also include an animal abuse registry. According the new law, anyone convicted of animal cruelty will have to register his or her name and address with criminal justice services, undergo a psychiatric evaluation, and also be banned from ever owning an animal again. Maintaining the registry with current information and providing public access, shelters, breeders, pet stores, and anyone else involved in the sale or adoption of animals can use the registry before allowing anyone to take ownership of them.

Since the registry will also be accessible to the public, citizens can use it to be aware of potential abusers in their neighborhoods, or in neighborhoods they are considering relocating to. Senator Greg Ball who championed the legislation made a statement saying, “Persons who commit crimes against animals represent some of the worst kind of people, and often expand their carnage to their neighbors and the larger community. Most people can agree that the level of respect and kindness shown for animals, creatures who cannot speak for themselves, or protect themselves and are easily abused and taken advantage of, is a fine predictor of how a person will treat their peers. Violent and cruel behavior towards animals, cannot and should not be tolerated.”

Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank Senator Ball and New York for this landmark law. Animals are finally getting the protection they deserve and hopefully Buster’s Law will influence other states to take action.


Dear Senator Ball,

Along with the rest of the New York State Senate, you recently passed the amendment to Buster’s Law that will create an animal abuser registry in New York. This is the most significant piece of animal welfare legislation in decades. Not only will it keep animal abusers from ever owning an animal again, it will give citizens access to the registry so that they can be aware of potential neighborhood threats and keep their pets safe.

Thank you for making such a strong effort to protect animals in New York. You have truly set an example and I sincerely hope that other states take notice and begin taking steps toward similar legislation.


[Your Name Here]

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