Target: New York legislature
Goal: New York must pass a statewide animal abuse registry
Members of the state legislature of New York have been working toward approval of a statewide animal abuse registry for some time now. The bill passed in the senate, but it failed to garner the necessary support to pass the state assembly.
A high-profile case brings this issue to the forefront again. The Albany, New York man responsible for the abuse of the “Railroad puppies,” puppies left for dead on railroad tracks, and the “U-haul dogs,” puppies left to freeze in a U-haul, pled guilty to felony animal cruelty. Anthony Walker received a six month jail sentence but was released the same day for having already served eight months. His name and information was also placed in the new Albany County animal abuse registry. He will not be allowed to own a pet in that county. Sadly, this registry is limited to only this county, and animal ownership outside of it cannot be enforced.
After Walker’s sentencing, Senator Greg Ball initiated a petition for support of his bill urging concerned citizens to renew the call for a statewide registry. He said, “While I am happy that Walker has served jail time and is now the Albany county abuse registry, this isn’t enough. This statewide registry will prevent repeat animal abuse offenders throughout New York State. I urge New Yorkers to sign this petition and to contact their legislators to let them know the importance of protecting our furry little friends,” said Senator Greg Ball.“Those who commit crimes against animals represent some of the worst kind of people, and often expand their carnage to their neighbors and the larger community. Most people can agree that the level of respect and kindness shown for animals, creatures who cannot speak for themselves, or protect themselves and are easily abused and taken advantage of, is a fine predictor of how a person will treat their peers. Violent and cruel behavior towards animals cannot and should not be tolerated.”
Ball’s call to action needs to be echoed by the public to get this bill passed. Tell New York to pass a statewide animal abuse registry.
Dear New York legislature,
Please reconsider having a statewide animal abuse registry. After the cases of the “railroad puppies” and the “U-haul dogs,” there is a great need for a reassessment of this bill. Senator Ball is right in saying that we need to protect animals with an animal abuse registry.
We too easily forget that people have committed heinous crimes against animals, and the state does not always serve justice for the animal. A statewide animal abuse registry would allow people the knowledge of whether or not people would be safe around their pets, and might help deter people from committing these crimes. Please reconsider having a statewide animal abuse registry.
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