Require Mental Health Treatment for All Animal Abusers

Target: Anthony Rendon, California State Assembly Speaker

Goal: Ensure that those who have committed acts of violence against animals receive necessary mental health treatment and rehabilitation.

California may soon require animal abusers to undergo mental health treatment and rehabilitation. The Animal Legal Defense League and other animal welfare advocates are demanding that the state of California pass a bill that would require all animal abusers to receive mental health assessments and rehabilitation to prevent future acts of violence against both animals and people. It is hoped that this proposed law would address the known link between animal abuse and other forms of violence, especially domestic abuse. Those who abuse animals must be caught early and prevented from causing more harm.

If the bill is passed, those convicted of violent offenses against animals would be screened for mental health issues and would have to undergo counseling and education courses in proper techniques for interacting with animals. Research has shown there is a strong link between domestic and animal abuse, and that the most violent offenders in prison are more likely to have committed serious acts of violence on animals before moving on to human targets. Many experts believe these types of crimes are linked on a psychological level, and that treating this root cause may help prevent future incidence of abuse.

California must protect its most vulnerable residents, including the many animals that are far too often subjected to heinous acts of abuse. Sign below to urge that violent offenders against animals be given mandatory mental health treatment.


Dear Assembly Speaker Rendon,

A new bill seeks to address the known link between those who cause harm to animals and other forms of abuse, especially domestic violence. As many criminal experts suggest there is a possible psychological link between these acts, it makes sense to try to address the root cause through evidence-based approaches, such as therapeutic counseling.

The state of California must take all necessary steps to prevent harm to those most at risk. That is why we, the undersigned, ask that you support this bill and help ensure that it is passed into law.


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  1. Kathleen Nagy-DeRosa says:

    I don’t believe rehabilitation is possible for most of these abusers, and it seems like such a tremendous waste of money. How do you teach someone to value life? If some therapy or rehabilitation was deemed necessary, the abuser should have to pay for it, not the state or the county or the government. Instead, we need more stringent laws to protect these innocent souls being abused, and a much more strict punishment for those who commit these heinous crimes. Maybe if they had to perform hard labor (there are plenty of things across the US that need cleaning up) or lost the hand they swung to hurt these innocent animals, they would think twice about doing it again. Yates is a perfect example of how effective the current system is…and the government took down the database of animal abusers! It’s a no win for all animals including the ones that committed the abuse.

  2. Arlene Patoray says:

    All states need an animal abuser registry where the names, pictures, and deeds of abusers are posted for everyone to access.
    Shame on the USDA for taking down animal welfare violations and
    covering up this horrendous abuse. And now the USDA wants to do
    away with standards of care for animals whose meat is labeled organic so that corporations can get away with even more abuse.
    Protection for animals is getting worse, not better under this

  3. Agree to all but I think execute the no hopers but first do the same thing to them

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