Target: New York Senate
Goal: Support a bill that will create a registry of animal abusers
Recently, the New York Senate passed a bill which will allow the state to create a registry of animal abusers. The bill will prevent animal abusers from owning pets, but will also inform those involved with the sale or adoption of animals to know if a potential owner is an abuser. This bill is a major step forward for protecting animal rights as well as keeping animal abusers from repeating their offenses. Animal abusers do not deserve to own animals or put any animals in danger.
The bill will allow the state to create a registry of those who have broken Buster’s Law, which is a law passed in 1999 and made animal cruelty illegal in the state. The bill will also expand current justice against animal abusers by requiring them to go under a psychiatric evaluation and prevent them from owning any pets in the future. The registry will available to the public, and those who are involved with pet adoptions or work with animals will know if potential owners or workers have been convicted of animal cruelty. The registry is designed to prevent animal abusers from repeating their offenses. Animals in New York should not be allowed to be owned by those who have been proven to be cruel.
Animal abusers have a high rate of repeating their offenses. Creating this registry will allow others to protect animals by keeping convicted abusers away from them. The bill is moving to the New York Assembly, where it is sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Tedisco. According to Tedisco, the registry will protect “all members of the family,” as many pet owners consider the beloved animals part of the family. Animal abusers willfully hurt those who cannot protect themselves, and this registry will make a significant step towards protecting those animals from cruelty.
Dear New York Senate:
Recently, you passed a bill which will allow the state to create a registry of animal abusers. Convicted animal abusers will have their names and addresses added to the registry and will also be required to undergo psychiatric evaluation. Abusers also will no longer be allowed to own a pet. The registry will be available to the public, so that those involved with the sale and adoption of animals can know if a potential owner is an animal abuser.
I applaud you for passing this bill. If the New York Assembly also approves this bill, New York will be the first state to have a registry of this kind. Animal abusers are likely to repeat their offenses, and this registry will help others protect animals. Animals do have the right to be free from cruelty, and it is up to people to protect them when they cannot protect themselves. Thank you for passing this bill.
[Your Name Here]
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