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New Jersey: Animal Abuser Registration Act Proposed

New Jersey: Animal Abuser Registration Act Proposed

Name: New Jersey Animal Abuser Registry Act
Number: S0145, S 213, A 1291, SB 145, A 1397 and A 3421

Animal abuse registries help police, shelters and adoption centers identify convicted animal abusers who are involved in new allegations of abuse or who are trying to adopt an animal who may be put in harm’s way. New Jersey’s bill would also prevent abusers from gaining employment at any animal shelter, pound, pet shop or zoo. Access to this information is crucial in keeping companion animals out of the hands of potential abusers.

The idea of the registry, which is modeled on registries kept for convicted sex offenders, has gained popularity across the country. While legislation in some states makes the information on the registries available only to law enforcement and animal control and shelter facilities, New Jersey’s bill would also make the information available to the general public.

This session, New Jersey legislators have introduced multiple bills to establish animal abuser registries.

S 145 and A 1397 would require the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Senior Services to establish a publicly-accessible list of any person convicted of animal cruelty, aggravated cruelty or animal torture. It would prohibit the ownership of animals for those convicted under these provisions. It would also establish a fund to collect fees from registrants in order to pay for the maintenance of this registry.

S 213, A 1291 and A 1377 would provide for the establishment of an animal abuser registry system and allow for public disclosure of certain information pertaining to those offenders. It would also establish a fund pay for the administration of the registry from fees assessed for civil and criminal animal crimes and other monies.

A 3421 would prohibit the employment of any offenders on the animal abuser registry from employment as an animal control officer.

All of these bills have merit and are worthy of your support.

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Please support the establishment of an animal abuse registry in New Jersey

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for the establishment of an animal abuse registry in New Jersey. The New Jersey Animal Abuser Registry Act would establish a publicly accessible list of any person convicted of animal cruelty, aggravated cruelty or animal torture. It would also establish a special fund to collect a fee from registrants in order to pay for the administration of the registry.

The purpose for establishing animal abuser registries is to provide a resource for police, shelters and adoption centers to help identify convicted animal abusers who are involved in new allegations of abuse or who are trying to adopt an animal who may be put in harm's way. Access to this information is crucial in keeping companion animals out of the hands of potential abusers.

While the multiple bills introduced this year differ in some respects, such as the basis for collecting fees and how widely the information in the registry is distributed, it is clear that there is a determination to establish an animal abuser registry in New Jersey in order to better protect our animals and to reduce the likelihood of convicted animal abusers victimizing animals in the future.

Please support the establishment of a database of convicted animal abusers and help protect our pets from harm.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]