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Virginia: Animal Cruelty Conviction List Proposed

Virginia: Animal Cruelty Conviction List Proposed

Name: Virginia Animal Cruelty Conviction List

Bill Number: SB 32

A statewide animal cruelty conviction list is a crucial tool to help law enforcement, shelters and adoption centers keep track of convicted abusers and prevent them from obtaining future companion animals. SB 32 would establish an animal cruelty conviction list for individuals convicted of felony animal cruelty crimes. Listed individuals would remain on the list for fifteen years. The list would be available to the public on the Department of State Police’s website.

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Please support SB 32 and help establish an animal cruelty conviction list in Virginia

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for legislation that would establish a statewide animal cruelty conviction list in Virginia. SB 32 would create an online database of individuals convicted of felony animal cruelty crimes in order to assist law enforcement in preventing future animal abuse. Listed individuals would also pay a $50 fee per conviction for maintenance of the list.

The purpose of establishing an animal cruelty conviction list 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 animal cruelty 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.

With similar legislation introduced in multiple states across the nation, it is clear that there is a strong public interest in establishing animal abuse registries and conviction lists. The creation of an animal cruelty conviction list in Virginia would better protect our animals and 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]