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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