Target: Washington State Senator Joe Fain
Goal: Support the protection of animals with a public registry listing the names of those convicted of animal abuse.
People in Washington will have access to a list of all animal abusers in the state if a recently proposed bill is passed into law. The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Joe Fain, was designed after a law that just went into effect in Tennessee. It will create an online registry of everyone in the state who has been convicted of first or second degree animal cruelty. It also covers animal poisoning and dog fighting.
These kinds of registries are incredibly helpful, as any shelters or individuals hoping to adopt out an animal can check this registry for each potential adopter’s name and photo. This will drastically cut down on the number of repeat offenses that animal abusers can commit while also giving people who have to say goodbye to beloved companion animals peace of mind.
The senate bill comes on the tail of the FBI’s decision to list animal cruelty as a Class A felony. These are strong signs that the U.S. is finally starting to take the problem of animal abuse seriously. To keep this momentum going, animal rights advocates everywhere need to show their support for each positive step. Sign our petition to urge the Washington State legislature to pass this bill.
Dear Senator Fain,
I understand that you’ve recently introduced a bill that would create an online registry for animal abusers in the state of Washington. I wanted to offer my support for your dedication to protecting animals by allowing both shelters and individuals to check the records of potential adopters. This is very likely to cut down on the amount of animal abuse in the state.
It’s great to see that politicians like yourself are finally beginning to take the problem of animal cruelty seriously. Far too many creatures in this nation are exploited and abused by people who view them as little more than punching bags or money machines. In reality, many animals have as much potential to feel pain, suffering, and sadness as human beings.
Thank you for sponsoring this bill. Someone needs to stand up for the animals that cannot speak for themselves. Please use the signatures on this petition to prove to the rest of the Washington State Senate that the bill is widely supported by the people.
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