Target: Senator Mark Manendo
Goal: Strengthen animal cruelty laws and create an animal abuser registry in Nevada
Nevada Senator Mark recently proposed a bill that would strengthen animal cruelty laws and also create an animal abuser registry in the state of Nevada. The registry would be similar to those for sex offenders and accessible to animal shelters as well as the general public. Passing the bill into law would bring the United States one step closer to a national registry and deserves our support.
Under the proposed law, Nevadans convicted of intentional acts of animal cruelty would be entered into the registry and banned from owning a pet. Ultimately, animal abuser registries elevate crimes against animals to the level of crimes against humans, where they should be. New York is the only state of about a dozen that have proposed registries to be successfully passed into law. This is largely due to the fact that many legislators and citizens still believe that it is excessive. But the reason why so many states have proposed animal abuser registries is because its rate of recidivism is second only to sexual offenses. Roughly 80 percent of those who intentionally torture or abuse an animal will do so again.
It also presents a threat to the community because so many animal abuse cases involve the abduction of pets. Statistics from dozens of studies performed on multiple continents over the course of the last 30 years have also shown that on average, 65 percent of those who abused animals eventually committed homicide, and more than 85 percent eventually committed a sexual crime. The fact of the matter is, as long as the penalties for animal cruelty remain as weak as they are, there is no incentive for those who are guilty of it to stop or refrain from doing something more heinous.
Please sign the petition below and support Senator Manendo and the creation of an animal abuser registry in Nevada.
Dear Senator Manendo,
You recently proposed a bill that, if passed into law, would create an animal abuser registry in Nevada. Several other states have also proposed similar legislation during the last year, but so far only one has had success. An animal abuser registry is crucial to not only reducing cruelty and neglect, but also keeping more animals from ending up in shelters.
You have my full support. Shelters should be able to ensure that they aren’t sending an animal to a potentially violent home and the general public should be able to know who in their neighborhood could be a threat to their four-legged family members. Please do everything you can to see that this bill passes into law and hopefully other states will take notice.
[Your Name Here]
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