Would You Support A National Registry for Animal Abusers?

It might sound a little extreme to have a national registry for animal abusers -after all, they're hardly as dangerous as sex offenders, but when you actually think about it, it does make a lot of sense. After all, no one wants animal abusers to be able to adopt poor little puppies and kittens do they?
New York’s Suffolk County legislature on Wednesday signed off on a measure that would publicly name anyone convicted of animal abuse by having them report to a registry for five years after their conviction.

“Most serial killers began as animal abusers,” Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Chief Roy Gross told the North Shore Sun. “It’s a known fact: people who hurt animals hurt people too.”

The Sun story says the convicted abusers would pay a $50 annual fee for upkeep of the registry, and those who fail to register would be charged $1,000 or face jail time. The legislature is also considering another bill that would require pet stores and animal shelters to check the registry before allowing anyone to adopt or buy an animal.

So what do you guys think? Would you support an animal abuse registry or do you think it goes too far?

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Do they count the Hassidic butchers who kill animals from blunt trauma? Or the Hallel butchers who do the same? How about hunters, they kill too. Seriously, this is too much. The head of PETA takes medication that is known to be animal tested, yet that's justified, since it's her I guess. A registry like this will only serve to hurt the person who has a name on it, they'll always be guilty long after sentence is served.
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I agree with you about the sex offenders shadowfirebird. They really need to redefine who is classified as a sex offender, rapists and child molesters, yes, streakers and public urinators, no.

On the other hand, retch, being against animal abuse doesn't make you a PETA supporter.
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I see two problems here:

1. The definition of animal abuse. According to some, anyone who owns a pet - no matter how good you are to that pet, should be hauled in front of a firing squad. It's only a matter of time before some nitwit slips in a definition that doesn't belong there. Actually, this would probably happen from day one.

2. The second problem is NeatORama's continual pushing of articles that have absolutely nothing to do with what this site is/was about. It's their site and they can ruin it as much as they want, but they ARE turning it from "NeatORama" to "Controversial Issues O Rama". May I suggest starting another site instead? I come here to get away from all that crap.
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I think national registries only work to continue to punish someone that has already paid their debt to society and just wants to get on with their lives.

There is no national registry for murderers, violent criminals, thieves or con men but we want a registry for animal abusers.

We as a country need to get our priorities straight.
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