A first of its kind, the New York senate just passed a bill that not only will require convicted animal abusers to register as such in New York (just like registered sex offenders), but also will require them to undergo psychiatric evaluation. As many are aware, animal abuse/torture is a gateway behavior to human abuse/murder.
The bill was inspired by Buster's Law, a case about a cat named Buster that was set on fire after being soaked in gasoline. The landmark case made animal cruelty in the state a felony offense.
New York Senator Greg Ball (R-Patterson) said that animal abusers are the worst kinds of people in our society whose behavior towards animals is a measuring stick by which to expect how they would treat people. Further, he shared that such violence cannot and will not be tolerated.
Three cheers for this guy!
The proposed registry will be accessible by the public in order that those involved in selling pets or hosting animal adoptions can look up names of potential pet parents to see if their names appear on the list.
The first step in the process is complete. Now the bill must go before the state's assembly for a vote. The bill's representative in assembly will be Rep. Jim Tedisco (R-Glenville).
Now if we could just get federal-level representatives to be this passionate about all animals (domestic, wild, and livestock).
New York state residents; pick up the phone, call your representatives and voice your support for this bill.
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M. Gwynn has authored two books, Harvest and The Cat Who Wanted to be a Reindeer on Amazon.com .
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