Target: The Pennsylvania General Assembly
Goal: Create an animal abuse registry in Pennsylvania
A local Pennsylvania news station has been bombarded with animal cruelty incidents, many of them from the past month alone. Stories include animals being stuffed in trash bags, cats being lit on fire, purposeful starvation, and dogs being bound with duct tape and abandoned. These criminals do not fear punishment – the incidents continue to occur weekly across the state. To quell abuse, Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering an animal abuse registry.
The registry would require those with felony animal convictions to register personal information with the county sheriff. Perpetrators would be required to update their information annually for 15 years and would also be banned from owning an animal during that time. The registry would be maintained by state police. Local shelters, humane societies, and schools would also be notified of the convictions.
The bill was proposed by representative Mike Caroll and is currently being considered. However this idea has been proposed before and there is no guarantee that the bill will be passed. That’s why it is crucial that this petition be supported and sent to the lawmakers in charge of the decision. Similar bills for registries are being proposed all across America, meaning Pennsylvania can serve as a positive example to other states who’ve yet to pass this law.
Dear Pennsylvania General Assembly,
I urge you to finally enact a law that places those with animal abuse felonies in an organized registry. There is currently nothing keeping abusers from gaining access to other animals, meaning their convictions could simply be hidden and ignored. In light of recent and seemingly endless abuse cases in the state, including pets being dragged down public streets and stray animals being lit on fire, it is obvious that something definitive needs to be done in order to uphold humaneness and decency in the state of Pennsylvania.
Many animal abuse incidents are not considered felonies, but only misdemeanors. Thus it is the absolute least we can do to ensure that those who’ve committed the most serious crimes are temporarily barred from having an animal.
If an individual is capable of killing or torturing an animal, they are likely capable of the same towards a human. The overt violence in Pennsylvania should not be dismissed simply because the victims were animals and not humans. These individuals should be considered dangers to the community, not regular citizens.
This registry is long overdue. Please use your power to prevent at least some of the innocent and unnecessary suffering in Pennsylvania.
[Your Name Here]