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New Jersey: Animal Abuser Registry Proposed

New Jersey: Animal Abuser Registry Proposed

Name: New Jersey Animal Abuser Registry Act

Bill Number: A 719/S 278, S 381 and S 1230

A statewide animal abuser registry is a crucial tool to help law enforcement, shelters and adoption centers keep track of convicted abusers and prevent animals from falling into the hands of a convicted abuser. These bills would establish an animal abuse registry for individuals convicted of animal abuse crimes, including a prohibition on the ownership of animal in the future and a bar from employment as an animal control officer or animal shelter employee.  

Learn more about Animal Abuser Registry Legislation for details on the individual bills.

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

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for legislation that would establish a statewide animal abuser registry in New Jersey. This year, A719/S278, S 381 and S 1230 were introduced to address different issues served by the establishment of a central database of individuals convicted of animal cruelty, aggravated cruelty or animal torture. The bills also address the future ownership of animals (A719/S278 and S381) and the employment of convicted individuals as animal control officers (S1230).

The purpose of establishing an animal abuser registry is to provide a resource for law enforcement, 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 then be put in harm's way. Access to this information is crucial in keeping companion animals out of the hands of convicted abusers.

While each of the bills introduced this year differ in some respects--such as the purposes of the registry and the restraints put on the registrants--it is clear that there is widespread interest in establishing 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 animals from harm.

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