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NY: Revised animal-abuser registry going to lawmakers

[romesentinel.com – 8/20/19] [This is a continuation of the story we reported here]

A revised version of a local law on animal abuse in Oneida County would remove the proposed penalty against someone who sells an animal to a convicted abuser, and would specifically exempt farms where an abuser works or shares the business with other people.

Support for the registry approach is not universal among animal advocates. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals does not endorse them, instead favoring stronger penalties for abuse and making sure judges have the authority to order no contact with animals. It says registries typically have a limited reach because they’re in effect only in certain jursidictions, encourage defendants to plead down to lesser offenses to avoid the public notice, don’t address many sources of pets, can create a vigilante mentality, and do not apply to sources of pets beyond sellers and shelter adoptions.

Further, the organization says, similar registries for other crimes have not been validated as effective.

“The ASPCA supports efforts that raise awareness of the seriousness of animal abuse as a significant crime and bring attention to the connection between animal cruelty and other forms of violence,” the organization said. “But there is no evidence that animal abuse registries can achieve their purported aim, and they may even unwittingly do more harm than good by diverting resources that could otherwise help law enforcement and animal control agencies prevent cruelty before it occurs.

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  1. Eric

    Ah, so the factory farming lobbyists had to jump on this to be sure they can continue to abuse animals on a daily basis without consequence, and of course the politicians fell in line so as not to miss out on their campaign “contributions.” In other words, the real abusers are not held accountable, only the average pet owner is subject to “red flag” seizures.

    • Eric

      I guess this is known as the Epstein effect where the person trafficking dozens of minors is free to fly in and out of the country on his private “Lolita” jet, while those of us with far lesser offenses are sitting in police stations waiting to register so we aren’t violated.

  2. Jun

    A public registry of any citizen is a constitutional threat to all Americans. As patriots, we are aware of this. We are defenders of the constitution and our fellow Americans will be grateful in the long run!
    And to all public figures who have supported this will have to live with it for the rest of their lives, as they will be seen as unpatriotic and true enemies of the state!

  3. mike bob

    what a waste of time ! thats why NY SUCKS I was born there and will NEVER RETURN !! and Oneida County….. nothing there ! been there and near it and through it… the WHOLE County is like 200k population… again WASTE OF TIME !!

  4. Anonymous

    A Registry for ALL Convicts!!!

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