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FIRST STATEWIDE ANIMAL ABUSER REGISTRY IN THE UNITED STATES TO…

FIRST STATEWIDE ANIMAL ABUSER REGISTRY IN THE UNITED STATES TO LAUNCH IN 2016 – Tennessee is the first state in the nation to launch a registry to track people who are convicted of felony animal abuse.

This past May, the Tennessee legislature passed the  “Tennessee Animal Abuser Registration Act,” which was sponsored by Senator Jeff Yarbro.  The online registry, which launches on January 1, 2016 on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation website, will list the photos and information of people who are convicted of felony animal abuse (which includes such things as dog fighting, beastiality, aggravated animal cruelty, and similar offenses).  This is the first statewide registry to be launched in the U.S.  Several other states are considering legislation to establish similar registries to track animal abusers. 

There is some opposition to the registry by people who contend that there is nothing to indicate that publicly shaming people convicted of animal abuse acts as a deterrent against other instances of animal abuse, and that the registry may further isolate such people from society.  Supporters of the registry view it as an effective tool for shelters and rescue organizations to prevent animals from being adopted by animal abusers, and that the registry will in fact serve as a deterrent to those who would hurt animals.     

Click here to read the full text of the Tennessee Animal Abuser Registration Act, and here to see what the online registry will look like (the site is still under construction).       

Source: Dog Journal

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