Animal abuse, cruelty and neglect have become way too common across the country of late. Finally after so many requests and petitions to help save, rescue and pleas for preventive measures to be taken Tennessee has stepped up to the fight against these types of individuals who cause severe harm to animals. According to WBIR News on December 29 the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has created The Tennessee Animal Abuser Registration Act, which is the first animal abuse registry to identify and keep track of convicted animal abusers of all kinds.
Individuals who are found guilty of a felony crime against animals will be entered in their database including their full legal name along with a photograph of the abuser. The registry will list all first time offenders for two years and anyone who performs subsequent acts of violence against animals will remain on the list for a total of five years if found guilty of a felony crime against an animal.
The Tennessee Animal Abuser Registration Act will take effect on January 1, 2016. The website will be available soon to everyone to see all who is listed as an abuser. The registry will be public record to all shelters and rescue groups too. This will enable them to verify if a particular animal was abused by its owner prior to placement into another home by adoption. The system will be set up into separate categories depending upon the types of offenses individuals are charged with. Those who are accused and found guilty of neglect, torture, animal sexual abuse, intentional abuse or organized abuse will be listed according to the type of crime animals were made to endure.
The FBI will be keeping track of all animal cruelty cases nationwide in the upcoming year. As agents work with law enforcement and the outcries of the public they hope to minimize the abuse and crimes against animals. The registry, as it tracks animal abusers will also inform authorities about the violence inflicted against animals and use it as an indicator to watch others since many animal abusers at an early age can turn violent towards humans and may also be the result of domestic violence that is present in their lives or was experienced in one’s past to prevent future malicious acts of violence and cruelty towards people and animals.
Animal abuse, torture and neglect really can attract the public’s attention. Since animals can’t speak for themselves it is refreshing to know that steps are being made to prevent abuse in the future, hold responsible parties accountable for their actions and provide the public with a tool that keeps track of first-time and multiple offenders to prevent them from ever harming another innocent animal again in the future.