Animal Abuse Watch List coming to California


No one wants to see animals abused, in fact, penalties for those guilty are usually way too lenient. Of course in California, if a liberal doesn’t like your behavior, they will create a means for the government to monitor and control your actions.

From smoking to regulating happy meals, Californians are all in favor of Big Brother control of your lives.

Ok, so about a “predator” style list of animal abusers: good idea or bad?

From the Parade:

Should the public know if a convicted animal abuser lives or works next door? A bill before the California legislature would require adults convicted of felony animal abuse to register with local law enforcement; their names would be placed in a database similar to the national sex offenders’ registry. Tennessee, Louisiana, and New York are also considering animal-abuse registries.

“We’re trying to reduce risk,” says Stephan Otto of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, noting that animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against humans and four times more likely to commit property crimes than those without a history of violence against animals.

The registry would include people convicted of maiming, mutilating, torturing, or killing animals, as well as pet hoarders and operators of animal-fighting rings.

“To me, the bill seems like overkill,” says California State Sen. Bob Huff, adding that he’s wary of putting animal abuse and child abuse on a legal par. Huff also worries that fines imposed on animal abusers won’t bring in enough revenue to cover the costs of the registry.

Alison Gianotto, a New York Web developer, started a volunteer pet-abuse database after her neighbor’s cat was kidnapped and set on fire in 2001. At a cost of about $10,000 per year, now tracks nearly 16,000 accused or convicted animal abusers. Gianotto says government officials need to do more “to help the public understand that animal cruelty is everywhere, even in their own backyards.”

Janet Kinosian

Government overstepping its bounds?

I certainly think so. Raise the fines, increase the penalties, but another government list – ridiculous.

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