25 States Consider Animal Abuse Registries

As reported by Chris Christoff / Bloomberg News:

Those who batter, abuse or kill dogs and cats would get the same public scorn as sex offenders in bills introduced in legislatures throughout the United States.

Online registries for convicted animal abusers already have been approved in three New York counties, including Suffolk, where the nation’s first takes effect Monday. Twenty-five states have considered such laws since 2010, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which is leading the campaign.

Backers say the bills recognize a growing awareness of animal rights – and the public-safety benefits of stopping abusers, who studies show often go on to harm humans.

“There’s a mountain of evidence that says we need something like this,” said Michigan State Rep. Harvey Santana, a Detroit Democrat who’s proposed a registry there. “There is a strong correlation between people who abuse animals and graduate to abusing people.”

Read the entire article at the Concord Monitor.

What to do if you witness or suspect animal abuse.

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Challenge to NH’s Sex Offender Law

An October 5, 2011 article by the Concord Monitor’s Karen Langley said that the NH Civil Liberties Union recently filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law requiring sex offenders to register. Here’s an excerpt:

People convicted of sexual offenses are required to register with the state police and periodically report in person to the local police. The state police maintain a public list of sex offenders with identifying information, such as the offender’s name, physical description, address and convictions. Sex offenders in the most severe category are required to register for life.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in Merrimack County Superior Court, the civil liberties group argued that the law violates a constitutional prohibition on retroactive laws. It also argues that lifelong registration interferes with the due process rights of sex offenders who have no opportunity to show they no longer pose a threat.

Read the full article at http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/284019/nhclu-files-suit-over-sex-offender-law?SESSac6ab76530388db74fbeae0af3a21acc=facebook

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