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Animal abuser registry approved for New York City

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Despite former-mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of a bill to have a city-wide animal abuse registry for New York, N.Y., the legislation has now been approved thanks to a unanimous vote by the New York City Council reported the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Last Tuesday, the council-members voted to create an animal-abuse registry for all convicted animal abusers.

Convicted animal abusers will also be prohibited from owning or living with animals and if a convicted animal abuser fails to register, they could face misdemeanor charges and time behind bars.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, which has been involved in the passing of this legislation since 2012, hopes that the registry will help to keep innocent animals out of the hands of convicted abusers.

After the registry is in place, pet stores, shelters, rescues and other NYC entities, will be required to verify that potential buyers and/or adopters are not on the list of convicted abusers.

Though there is great support for the registry, there are also those who are less enthusiastic.

According to the New York World, the ASPCA stated:

Animal abuse registries have a laudable goal, but there is little evidence to suggest that they provide enhanced protection to animals in jeopardy,”

If successful, New York City could become a role-model for other cities to follow and ultimately, a nationwide animal abuse registry might someday be a reality.

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