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NY: Legislators OK revised animal-abuse registry

[romesentinel.com – 9/19/19]

Oneida County legislators approved a law setting up a public registry of convicted animal abusers but only after tweaking it to make it less worrisome to farmers.

The Board of Legislators approved the law by acclimation Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the regular September meeting, shortly after the Ways and Means Committee gave its approval.

Its central part is setting up an online registry, to be maintained by the Sheriff’s Office, of people convicted of animal abuse in the county. The measure would establish a website similar to that of sex offenders, with offender’s names, residence, birth dates, photo and a description of the offense. Exceptions would be made for service animals, as defined by state and federal law, or someone who uses one and lives at the same address as an offender.

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. It says registries typically have a limited reach because they’re in effect only in certain jurisdictions, 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.

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  1. Joe joe

    A this is not important because even this site acsol and others have insecurities, quams, questionable heart felt convictions and disbeliefs about criminals in general and especially sex crimes…so UNLESS IT IS A COMPLETE, WHOLE, FULLY INVOLVED, COMMITTED, NO HOLDS BAR..ALL OUT WAR AGAINST UNJUST LAWS AND BACK THE REGISTERED …THEN WE WILL NOT GET VERY FAR,,,,,having guest speakers, award ceremonies, taking time for whatever..and all the OTHER things WILL BE IN EFFECTIVE …You dont talk about fundamental Rights or Constitutional protections ..YOU TAKE MAJOR ACTIONS BEFORE HELL BREAKS LOOSE…PLAYING POLITICS WILL BE DISSASTEROUS FOR THE OPPRESSED !!!

    • Bob

      This is not a legal forum. If you want to read legal writings you search for the actual filings as well.

      You probably dont realize, but the law of the land from the supreme court of the united states is that they are constitutional. Doe v Snyder. So, it’s going to take a suit to go all the way to the supreme court, to have an effect.

      If you read the case law behind the rights that shall not be infringed as inumerated in the constitution, you would see the challange.

      • Timmmy

        Seems many lawyers are not so bright when fighting a legal channel. Since they are calling this a “civil” issue, and not punitive, isn’t forcing someone under duress to go register, and the cost comes out of their own pocket, some sort of involuntary servitude?

  2. Eric

    “…to make it less troublesome to farmers.” That means the multi billion dollar agri-business that uses intense confinement of animals to increase their profits had their lobbyists have a “meeting” with those writing the bill. Just like the registry, mired in political agendas. The agri-business billionaires will abuse animals with impunity, the law will not apply to them. Worse then the Epstein case.

  3. Equityneeded

    Are they banned from going to dog parks, living within 2000 feet, and are unable to enter pet stores too?

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