Three years ago, the state of Illinois created a bill suggesting a registry meaning to prevent convicted animal abusers from buying pets. The registry was created, but went unused for years, as reported by CBS2 news.
Situated in cook county of the state of Illinois, the missing data is possibly due to jurisdiction formalities. As a result of the findings, the registry has been updated in the last week since the report.
That is now about to change, as senator Tom Cullerton plans to introduce a similar bill for the whole state.
If passed, it will become much more difficult for offenders to get their hands on more furry victims.
The new bill will prevent convicted abusers from adopting or purchasing a pet for 7-10 years. It would also call for the establishment of an online state police database. Rescue groups, shelters, and pet stores could then search the database before approving an adoption or sale.
“I just don’t want these animals to get in the wrong people’s hands,” Cullerton told CBS2, “and if you have a history of violence against animals, you shouldn’t be able to just walk into a pet store and pick out another animal you’re going to abuse, because you have something wrong with you.”
Senator Cullerton plans to introduce the bill in coming January. If passed, any offender living within the state of Illinois will appear on the registry.
“Once you’re convicted, that information will go to the state police and they’ll put it right up on the registry,” he said, “and we will try to offset that by whoever is convicted will also have to pay a fee that will offset the cost of the registry as well.”
This act is surely an important step in society’s understanding of caring and treating animals!
If you are currently looking for a buddy for life, make sure to adopt and don’t shop!
For more information, view the official ASPCA position statement on animal abuse registries.
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