A bill has been proposed by two state senators of North Carolina, to reduce animal abuse in their state. They are expecting to create an online registry, like the ones used for tracking sex offenders, so that the convicted users won’t abuse more pets.
This registry is planned to include the full names of the offenders, their mug shots and “other identifying information” which could be reviewed by shelter and rescue workers before they approve an adoption.
Last week, the North Carolina Animal Abuser Registry Act was introduced, which, if approved, can place first-time offenders in the registry for “two years following the date of conviction.”
Moreover, the bill would also have repeat offenders to give up any pets they have and forbid them from owning one for “up to five years from the date of the conviction.”
According to Senator Floyd, one of the bill’s sponsors, it is a very good state taken in the state, although not a life- long ban, given that it was a state with increasing numbers of animal abuse.
But a few animal advocates think that the bill may not go far enough.
“If you’ve been convicted twice, you don’t need to own any more animals. It’s just that simple,” Nicole Kincaid, the Program Director of Cause for Paws of North Carolina, said in an interview with ABC 11 News.
ASPCA also agreed to this, saying in a statement that the registries are limited in scope and expensive to implement. This is because too few offenders are prosecuted for their offence, according to Kinkaid. For example, the current animal abuse registry in Tennessee has just 15 entries, featuring only violent offenders. However, the bill of North Carolina includes most animal-related offences, which even has neglect.
If the state’s Senate approves the bill, it will go to the House for review next. Then, the Governor will decide if to sign it for law or veto it. The law will be implemented from January 2020, if accepted.
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