Thanks to This New Law Animal Abusers Will Now Be Registered Like Sex Offenders
Lifestyle| | By Margo Gothelf
A new piece of legislation is proving that animals are just as important as humans.
A brand new law will now give protection to animals in certain states. The law will set forth an animal’s offenders registry, “which will publicly reveal the names of known animal abusers in the area.” The system hopes to work just like the sex offender system.
At the moment, the law is currently being implemented in many cities. Tennessee has the system throughout its state, yet many cities around the country only have the program at local levels. Officials hope the system can be applied in every state soon.
So, how does the system work?
At the state level, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation monitors the system. According to Shared, “Each abuser will have their name, date of birth, offense, conviction date, and expiration date” put in the registry.
“First time animal abusers will be registered for two years,” Shared explained on their website. “An additional 5 years will be added for every subsequent offense after the two years.”
To get the system organized, each convicted abuser will pay a $50 registration fine. Along with the fine, they must supply a recent photo and any nickname they go by.
If the convicted abuser fails to register, they must pay a fine of up to $1,000. They may also face up to a year in prison.
“We know there is a very strong correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence,” Suffolk County legislator Jon Cooper, the bill’s sponsor, explained to Shared. “Almost every serial killer starts out by torturing animals, so in a strange sense we could end up protecting the lives of people.”
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