Petition to ask Massachusetts to Create an Animal Abuse Registry

PETITION: Enforce an Animal Abuse Registry

TARGET: Massachusetts General Court

Currently a law is being reviewed in the state of Massachusetts to enforce a new Animal Abuse Registry. Much like a Sex Offender Registry, those who’ve committed abuse will be forced onto the list. The way it works is that anyone convicted of animal abuse would have to register their name, address and photograph with the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, which would maintain the registry. This computerized list would then be available to breeders, shelters, and stores so that they can check it before sending an animal home with someone. If a merchant does not check the list before a sale or knowingly give an animal to someone on the list, they would be held responsible. Under the current proposal, drafted by Representative Steven Howitt, the registry would be paid for by the offenders who would be charged a $50 maintenance fee each year. At no extra cost to non-offending taxpayers, this proposed legislation has tremendous potential to curb the actions of people who habitually harm pets.
A similar bill is being passed in Tennessee and will go in effect in January 2016, however many more states should consider jumping on board. Help us get the court to pass this bill in Massachusetts, and hopefully get the entire country on board!


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Recent Supporters

Sheryl Keller
  • 14 hours ago
Bernie Doherty
  • 2 days ago
Aaron Grafton
  • 2 days ago
Elisabeth Rabourn
  • 2 days ago
Debra Edwards
  • 2 days ago
We believe that cruelty to animals must be made a felony so that never again will a person get away with murdering a defenseless animal and people who habitually harm pets. No living thing deserves this horrible fate. By signing this petition, we can make change. We can bring an amendment before the State Legislature for vote, and maybe we can save a life. Even one would be worth it. Please, don't let this beautiful state be one that let's those who are cruel to animals get away with it. The animals deserve better than that. These defenseless animals dogs cats and other need a voice and justice the harm, torture and killing as they don't stand a chance of surviving due to cruelty torture there needs to be stiff penalty and jail time for the inhumane act. My hope to establish a nationwide and hopefully worldwide list to incarcerate bad humans. sending with prayers and blessings. THANKS !
Daurie Pollitto
  • 4 days ago
Lindy Knell
  • 5 days ago
rachel braun
  • 6 days ago
Annie Seet
  • 6 days ago
Alicia Hass
  • 6 days ago
Because it is cruel and inhumane and horrible