Michigan Lawmakers Propose Animal Abuse Registry

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- People convicted of animal abuse would be required to register with local law enforcement and prohibited from adopting animals under legislation recently introduced in the Michigan House.

Republican Rep. Paul Muxlow of Brown City and Democratic Rep. Harvey Santana of Detroit introduced legislation this week that would require people convicted of animal abuse to submit their address, photograph and social security number to local law enforcement.

People would remain on the registry for five years and would be required to pay an annual fee of $250.

Another bill would prohibit animal control shelters from allowing people listed on the registry to adopt animals.

Similar measures were introduced last year.


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  • by Non_Anon Location: Michigan 7th on Apr 15, 2013 at 08:59 AM
    This is a step in the right direction. What is needed now is stronger penalties (including jail time) for animal abusers. Also, police need to be more concerned about animal abuse instead of ignoring it.
  • by Liz Location: Michigan on Apr 15, 2013 at 06:03 AM
    Hmm... It might be cheaper (and more effective) to just publish their photos and addresses in the local press and let "Nature" take its course. But seriously, the correlation between animal abuse and child abuse, elderly abuse, and other violent crimes, has been demonstrated often enough. Individuals with this kind of behavior need to understand it is just plain not acceptable. As long as WE keep permitting it to go on with a mere "slap on the wrist and a stern look", WE can expect those people to continue unchecked...Or is that OK until it becomes OUR KID who gets tortured for some sick-O's kicks?
  • by V Location: GL on Apr 15, 2013 at 05:19 AM
    Funny how first its the sex offenders paying an annual fee. The prospect of the millions that will create has spawned another "registery". My question is though, if the sex offenders only have to pay $50 annually to "maintain" the database why then do animal abusers have to pay $250? Still,need the same surplus off of fewer offenders? I'll bet now, another bill will be passed making more and more acts "animal abuse" so more and more people have to register. I can't wait to see what registry they'll create next. Maybe a speeding ticket registry. That way you'll know who the speeders are in your neighborhood. What a joke.
  • by Brian Location: Hillsdale on Apr 15, 2013 at 04:34 AM
    Wow! Knowing from experience we don`t even do this for humans. Are there more important topics today to worry about? Besides, our legal system is screwed up! Ask anyone.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2013 at 04:08 AM
    and the purpose of this would be? It sounds like a great idea but it does not havce the same bite as the sexual predator list.
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