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What's Your Take? Mandatory Animal Offenders Registry

What's Your Take? Mandatory Animal Offenders Registry

While watching some quality TV The Bachelor last night, I heard a promo for the 10 o'clock news posing this same question about a registry for animal abuse offenders in the state of CA. As it turns out, a proposal was introduced in a bill on Friday by the state senate’s majority leader, Dean Florez, that would collect names, addresses, and places of employment for past animal abusers . . . and make it easily searchable online by anyone.
While I'd hope that a database of these criminals would deter some would-be abusers and hold them to more public accountability, the major criticism stems from the fact that paying for its maintenance comes from adding a tax to pet food. Does this affect your opinion on the matter? Share thoughts in the comments below!

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CoralAmber CoralAmber 7 years
I also agree with the registry, because it has been shown that abusive or neglectful owners often have recurring problems, including owning animals that are a danger to other dogs and humans.
Susanna Susanna 7 years
I support the database idea, at least in theory, for the safety of animals as well as humans. Statistically there is a correlation between people who abuse animals and people who are abusive towards other humans -- especially children who abuse animals. The number of violent offenders who turned out to have abused pets as children is very high. I'm not so keen on yet another tax. Although I guess the money has to come from somewhere. To poster #1 -- the problem with that is a lot of people don't register their pets. Maybe in cities, where dog runs get a lot of use, people do. But in the suburbs/rural areas, many (most?) pet owners don't bother to get a dog/cat license.
cyanste cyanste 7 years
"I completely agree with the anonymous post above; with the amount of money that is charged and paid for "pure breed" pets, they can afford to subsidize this sort of thing." Not all purebred dogs cost exorbitant amounts of money. It just depends on where you go to, who you go to, what kind of dog you want, etcetera. I don't know about how I feel about this just in general. It's a bit iffy of an idea -- list and tax.
lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
This is a good idea, but I'm unsure about the dog food tax. While I wouldn't mind paying it, until they set up how much it's going to be I feel like an extra tax might be too much for some people. If it's an extra 8% on top of sales tax... it's going to be hard for some people to pay. I'm not sure how to pay for it though. I feel like taxing pet shops that sell live animals is a good idea. They generally get their puppies from puppy mills, and therefore keep the puppy mills in business. Also increasing fines for offenders is a given, and people like myself would donate to the project. But would that be enough? Taxing breeders is a horrible idea. It is great to get a dog from a shelter (I adore my two shelter dogs!), but there are great breeders who have amazing dogs. Also, you can't fault someone for wanting a breed when they know what they want in temperament and looks. (I love my purebred!) :)
kimmberli kimmberli 7 years
I completely agree with the anonymous post above; with the amount of money that is charged and paid for "pure breed" pets, they can afford to subsidize this sort of thing. I think that taxing pet food, in the current economic state, may increase the incidence of people abandoning pets that they are already struggling to keep due to financial hardship.
Hello890 Hello890 7 years
Absolutely not! I wouldn't mind paying extra tax for something like this. I think it's a wonderful idea.
kitkatherine kitkatherine 7 years
here's the thing: i don't buy "pet food" for my dog. she gets "human" chicken breast, rice, chicken broth, and cottage cheese. what WOULD be good is a small increase in county pet licenses to support it.
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