Saturday 31 July 2021

Rensselaer County, NY State, plans to create an animal cruelty registry

RENSSELAER COUNTY, USA - NEWS AND COMMENT: Rensselaer County is in the US state of New York with a population as at 2010 of 159,429. They are the latest jurisdiction to want to establish an animal cruelty registry and the county executive should have signed the ordinance into law last Thursday according to online news media.

Animal abuser marched to jail
Animal abuser marched to jail. Photo from video.

The database will store information on anyone who has been convicted of a crime related to animal cruelty and who is over the age of 16. Animal welfare organisations and rescues will have access to the database from a central website. This will help them to adopt out animals to suitable people and avoid adopting out animals to those who have a criminal record of animal cruelty.

Albany County has had an animal abuse registry for 10 years. Further, Greene County has also joined that the list of jurisdictions who have an animal cruelty registry. It provides the opportunity for these counties to create a network so that they can cross-reference their databases.

As more and more counties join this group of enlightened counties a central database could be created which incorporates all the information.

Comment: this is clearly an excellent idea. It could be argued that it should have happened many years ago. The more information that jurisdictions have on animal abusers the more likelihood there is of animal abuse decreasing. It will also help to control violence against people. The former is linked to the latter. There is always a need to improve animal welfare in all settings. Animal abuse is an unacceptable stain are humankind's activities.

Note: This is a video from another website. Sometimes they are deleted at source which stops them working on this site. If that has happened, I apologise but I have no control over it.

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