Detroit Rep. Looking To Set Up Nation’s First Animal Abuse Registry

DETROIT (WWJ) – Michigan could be the first state to set up an Animal Abuse registry.

Under a House bill introduced by Detroit Representative Harvey Santana, people convicted of animal cruelty would have to pay a $50 fee to register in a data base with their name, photo and address.

“Let’s say for example, this abuser wants to go and adopt an animal, well they go to whatever human society, whatever animal shelter in the state of Michigan – their name is going to pop up and that shelter is legally obligated to not release that animal to that person’s custody,” said Santana.

Santana contends the registry could also be a resource for law enforcement officials looking for serial killers — because many of them start off abusing animals.

“It helps them to identify … in many cases a serial killer. If you look at the notorious serial killers in our society, they all started off abusing animals,” said Santana.

Currently no states have such a registry.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) opposes the idea — saying its unconstitutional for governments to impose additional punishments on people who’ve already paid their debt to society.

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  1. Richard Gassen says:

    I’m a liberal-minded, progressive person, but I’m not much of a fan of the ACLU. Too often they carry things too far and give liberalism a justifiably bad rap. The obvious purpose of this legislation is not to further punish people for crimes they’ve already committed, but to prevent them from committing such crimes again. This is just anti-recidivism legislation. Pardon the cliche, but the ACLU need to get a life.

  2. showrabbitprotectionsociety says:

    “Santana contends the registry could also be a resource for law enforcement officials looking for serial killers — because many of them start off abusing animals.

    “It helps them to identify … in many cases a serial killer. If you look at the notorious serial killers in our society, they all started off abusing animals,” said Santana.” Is this a joke, sir? Let’s consider the relative merits of this statement. In 2012, the U.S. sports a population of over 313 million individuals. According to the FBI, the ten year period of 2000-2010 gave us a total of 61 serial killers. Of those 61 less than one third had ANY record of abusing any type of animals. Of course that gives us, if the number remains stable and does not continue to go down as has been the trend, less than 7 persons out of 313 million plus persons who are deemed serial killers. During the last three months, according to Pet Abuse.com there have been 8 persons out of the 313 million persons convicted of animal abuse in the United States. None of these persons are suspected serial killers. So let’s try this again- Santana believes Michigan should have a pet abuse registry to protect Michigan from what exactly? Perhaps Santana would be better off working legislation that actually has any significant affect on the population of Michigan?

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