Animal abusers are the bottom of the barrel just like sex offenders. Both take advantage of the innocent who trust us to love them and provide a secure place for them to live. Not take advantage of them, in some cases actually causing harm, even death. Maryland may well be the first state to launch such a registry, if State Senator Ron Young has anything to do with it. Young plans to introduce a bill that would require convicted animal abusers in Maryland to submit their information to a registry.
Abusers would be photographed, fingerprinted along with their address and would have to pay $50.00 per year to fund the registry. They could be taken off the list if they are abuse-free for 10 years. All the data would end up on a Web page run by the state. Other states working on similar legislation are New York and Florida. I am thinking more along the lines of a federal law that would make animal abuse a major offense, including what happens in puppy mills and backyard breeders.
|Typical puppy mill|
64.5 percent of victims are dogs, 18 percent cats and 25 percent involve other animals. Domestic violence seems to have an impact on animal abuse. According to the Animal Humane Assn., 71% of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims. Abusers even kill, harm, or threaten children’s pets to coerce them into sexual abuse or to force them to remain silent about abuse.
In one study, 70% of animal abusers also had records for other crimes. And in case you didn’t know, more U.S. households have pets than children, which helps account for the number of animals that end up in shelters. It is estimated by The Humane Society that 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters every year. 3 to 4 million are euthanized, 3 to 4 million are adopted out and some are rescued by their owners. Many would say the abuse starts in normal homes where pets are allowed to run away or are deserted by owners.
The Humane Society has released its 2011 “Humane State Ranking,” a comprehensive report rating all 50 states and DC on issues ranging from animal fighting to farm animals to wildlife to companion animals. The results are interesting with California as number one with its laws compared to South Dakota which is last. SD is one of only three states with no felony level penalties for egregious acts of cruelty, and also has some of the weakest laws against cock fighting in the country.
Unfortunately some individuals treat animal like their property and think they can do with them as they please, including maltreat and/or murder them. Yes, it is murder and in many states in this country you are executed for it. When you see what has happened to some of these loving little creatures, it makes you wonder if execution is too good for the abusers.
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