Target: Governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam
Goal: Support creation of animal abuse registry in Tennessee.
Tennessee’s State Senate is close to passing a law that would create an animal abuse registry. Not only would it help adoption shelters, it would also help law enforcement determine who is at risk of hurting humans. Many animal welfare activists are pushing towards the creation of this registry, as it would help both humans and other animals. Sign this petition and tell Governor Bill Haslam to sign this bill and make an animal abuse registry in the state of Tennessee.
Evidence has shown that there is a link between animal abuse and child abuse. Both authorities and scientists have recognized this link, and it’s believed that having a registry of animal abusers would help authorities locate criminals, and aid in providing mental health to those who need it before harsh crimes are committed. The animal abuse registry would also help out adoption shelters by helping them avoid adopting out pets to owners who could potentially abuse or harm them.
Crimes that would get an individual placed on this list include aggravated animal cruelty, acts of bestiality, animal fighting, and anything else that could be considered animal cruelty. The name of the individual would remain on the registry for two to five years, depending on the severity of the crime.
If you believe that our animals need to be protected from people who would do them harm, please sign this petition. Tell Governor Bill Haslam that safeguards need to be in place for both our animals and human beings.
Dear Governor Bill Haslam,
There is a bill on the floor of your state’s Senate that would create an animal abuse registry. This registry would help both authorities and those who work with animals, particularly animal shelters. It would also keep record of the abusers for up to five years, depending on the severity of the crime.
Research has shown that there is a correlation between those who abuse animals and those who commit harsher crimes. Serial killers have been found to have committed heinous animal cruelty before they took the lives of humans. For the safety of the public, and animals, this registry would aid authorities in finding criminals and abusers. It would also help in providing care to those who are mentally ill. Please sign this bill and create a statewide animal abuse registry.
[Your Name Here]
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