Animal Abuser Registry Proposed in CA
This legislation would create a registry much like the Megan’s Law registries for people who abuse animals in any way, including sexually. The url above includes many links to other sites addressing the issue.
Unfortunately, this particular bill failed to advance, but hopefully new legislation will be reintroduced this year and pass. I’m generally not a big fan of governmental intervention in our lives, but given the harm that results to both people and animals from animal abuse (and sexual abuse in particular), I think legislation of this sort is critical. Other posts and links on this blog address the nature of that harm and its repercussions.
We don’t tolerate sexual predators who prey on humans in our midst without a registry; we should not tolerate animal abusers, either, including bestialists, without exposing them for who they are, and ensuring that they are brought to justice.
I will be monitoring this issue and will post updates here on the blog as I become aware of them. Please contact your legislators and voice your support for such a bill. Believe me, they do actually listen when their constituents take the time to do so. It is amazing how few people it really takes to get them to support bills that people support, especially when logical arguments, and factual data are included. A number of states already have such registries, and more are being put in place as time goes by.
We need to get people who abuse animals – including sexually – off the streets and put away where they belong, and a means of notifying everyone else about the nature of their crimes put into place.
I’ve included a number of links on this website to what research on the subject I am aware of, and will also continue to update that as I learn more.
If you don’t live in CA, please support bills of this nature in your own home state, and if none are in process, please approach your legislators and ask them to sponsor one.