Commend Creation of Animal Abuser Registry

Target: Director of Legislative Affairs, Chris Green

Goal: Commend The Animal Legal Defense Fund of Cotati for creating a national database of animal abusers

For a decade, animal rights groups and activists have pressed state governments to create a registry of animal abusers. They hope that having a registry will alert adoption centers of convicted animal abusers. However, many state governments have refused to make their own registry because it would be too expensive. In light of this push-back, animal rights group The Animal Legal Defense Fund of Cotati decided to create their own national registry through which state governments can opt into the database.

The database is called “Do Not Adopt” and it takes public data released from the state government and compiles a list of abusers. With so many different ways through which a person can obtain a pet, the group hopes that this registry will make a difference in the way animals gets adopted, and that more careful considerations will be made when giving any individual a new pet.

There are many regions in the United States who are urging for some sort of database. For example, in San Francisco, the year has been marred with an increase in animal abuse cases, and a registry has been deemed necessary. The information regarding animal abusers will help Animal Control and other organizations to streamline efforts to capture these criminals or prevent the crime from happening in the first place. The registry will list the person’s full name and date of birth, and the registry will be made public so that different organizations and individuals can use it. The group is hoping to have the registry up and running by the end of 2013. Sign the petition to support increased protection for animals through the institution of an animal abuser registry.


Dear Chris Green,

I am writing this letter to commend and thank you for creating a national database of animal abusers. I realize that many state governments do not support creating their own database because it would be far too expensive. However it is absolutely remarkable that an animal rights group is taking on this responsibility. Despite how easy it is for an individual to obtain a pet, I sincerely hope this registry will streamline the process of adoption for many organizations and shelters.

I look forward to seeing this registry completed and used to its full potential. I hope it will become successful and perhaps your registry will become an official registry recommended by the state and national government to use.


[Your Name Here]

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