by Countable | 2.27.18
Alleged Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz had a history of animal abuse—within hours of the massacre, reports poured in of Cruz abusing chickens, frogs, pot-bellied pigs, and his own dog.
With many infamous criminals – including serial killers and mass shooters - hurting animals before they targeted humans, 11 states are considering public online registries of known animal abusers.
"Animal abuse is a bridge crime," said the sponsor of New York’s bill, Republican state Sen. Jim Tedisco. Tedisco referred to reports that Cruz enjoyed torturing animals, bragging about his abuse and posting disturbing photos on social media.
As the Detroit News explained, "While the main goal of collecting names of convicted animal abusers is to prevent them from being able to adopt or purchase other animals, registry backers say such lists could also be a way to raise red flags about people who may commit other violent crimes ranging from domestic violence to mass shootings."
One study found that 43-percent of mass shooters have a history of animal abuse.
Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, the BTK Killer, the Night Stalker, Son of Sam, the Columbine High School shooters, and the Las Vegas gunman all have histories of animal abuse and torture.
John Thompson, deputy executive director of the National Sheriffs' Association, founded the National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse in 2014. Its goal, the Sun Sentinel explained, is to "educate law enforcement officials about the link between animal abuse and other violent crimes."
"Anyone that can harm an animal is an evil person, and in my opinion, they have the potential to do anything," Thompson told the Sentinel.
In 2016, the FBI began tracking animal abuse crimes through the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is strongly in favor of animal abuser registries.
Some animal welfare advocates, including the ASPSCA, question their effectiveness. "Given the limited scope, reach and utilization of animal abuse registries, it is unlikely they would have any significant impact on the incidence of animal cruelty," said Randall Lockwood, senior vice president of anti-cruelty projects for the ASPCA. Instead, he suggests communities focus on strengthening anti-cruelty laws.
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This may not be revolutionary and unfortunately will not stop animal abuse, but it’s a start. It is a fact that psychopaths like Bundy and Dahmer hurt animals when they were kids. It is a red flag warning as it indicates a lack of empathy which is the main problem with psychopaths, especially those that go on to become killers.
Please support this to help the helpless animals that are abused and tortured by cruel and sick individuals which leads to demented adults who harm humans.
If you look at statistics, which I know is a challenge for an administration that is in denial about real statistics and science, you will see that animal abuse is something that most violent killers and serial killers have in their past. This is something that should be recorded and tracked to prevent the people who are guilty from going unnoticed.
What has taken so long? People who hurt animals hurt people. Some go into schools with AR-15s and kill 17 students and teachers and wound others!!! Ponder that. Ponder how valuable such a registry will be when doing background checks...to buy a rifle and the 30-100 round magazines to use with it!!!
Please support animal abuse registries!!!! They should be treated like sex offenders
This should have happened decades, if not more, ago. I’ve never trusted people who don’t like animals. They’re instincts are perfectly honed. I always watch how my dogs are around strangers. And, they’ve always been right. Animal abusers disgust me.
Yes. Absolutely. Animal abuser registries. Harsher penalties for abusers. All of this and more.
I think this is so important. Animal abuse is reprehensible, so disgusting. An animal abuse registry will help identify those that go on to commit heinous crimes. These individuals trying to buy a gun that is on the registry is a red flag to law enforcement. There should, also, be tougher penalties for animal abusers. The laws we have now for abusing animals, to me, is basically a slap on the wrist. These individuals need mandatory mental health treatment. These individuals, in my opinion, have extreme mental illness. I can not fathom how anyone can hurt anyone or anything much less the innocents-animals, children, the disabled or the elderly. I think this registry could possibly deter someone from committing violent crimes.
A registry is a great start. Data shows not only that abusive children are likely to grow up to be violent adults, but that a significant percent of abusive children are experiencing abuse in their lives. This is another tool to identify possible child abuse, and should trigger a screening for that.
It's a start. Animal abuse should be considered a federal crime
Animal abusers are the same weak pieces of shit that would attack defenseless people. Any body caught abusing animals should go to jail.
Please support the animal abuse registry both for the hapless, helpless animals who need protection from violence and cruelty and, because so many animal abusers become serial killers of humans. This won’t begin to solve all the issues, but it is a good step in the right direction.
YES BY ALL MEANS CREATE AN ANIMAL ABUSER REGISTERY AND MAKE IT AVAILABLE SO WE THAT CARE AND LOVE OUR ANIMALS DON'T TRANSFER CONTROL OR OWNERSHIP OF OUR ANIMALS TO ANYONE,BY ANY MEANS THAT IS A REGISTERED ANIMAL ABUSER !! ALSO MAKE IT A FEDRAL CRIME TO TORTURE ANIMALS !!
This needs to take place nationwide, worldwide would be even better.
This is a great idea!
I agree with the ASPCA; strengthen anti-cruelty laws to help prevent animal abuse. Yes it is true; there has been a correlation of those who are horrible criminals have also been animal abusers. But I honestly do not believe a registry of animal abusers will stop mass shootings. There are some very clear answers to prevent mass shootings: raise the age to buy all guns to 21, and ban all automatic weapons, (except for the military. Now, for goodness sake, stop the looking for excuses and trying to blame others ~ represent your constituents, not the NRA!
I feel like this might be going about the issue the wrong way. Yes, the registry may help to prevent the abuser from getting other animals but it will likely stop there. That's because no parent is going to subject themselves and their family to the experience of reporting their child for animal abuse. I think what will be important is to make the connection between that and future violent crimes well known to the public and try to make it more socially acceptable to get psychological help.
A bill sponsored by a republican that I agree with! A ray of hope in our ethically regressive times. There needs to be some official recognition that animal abuse is not OK. More pieces to connect the dots to help identify people disconnected from empathy who are potential gun buyers. I still think the sale of assault weapons should be banned though too. If you need to use on of those go to a shooting range.
I would actually support this idea. It should not be a public database since activists can be vicious at times. For use by police and feds only. Feds can determine if this ends up disqualifying someone from purchasing a weapon. It may also need to be monitored by specialized psychologists, identifying the most serious cases of repeat offenses or particularly gruesome offenses... a person not being able to buy a weapon would still leave them the ability to create their own or acquire one illegally.