Animal Abuse Registries: Another Sign Of Positive Change

By Kristy Rice Feb 17, 2017

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On January first of last year, Tennessee became the first U.S. state to begin curating a public list of convicted animal abusers. Their database includes names, photos, birth dates, and home addresses of offenders, something the Humane Society sees as potentially problematic.
They claim that such a public list could lead to blatant shaming and harassment which would further isolate those in need of serious mental health services.
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A Humane Society of the United States blog post further explained their position:
“Experience has made clear that such individuals would pose a lesser threat to animals in the future if they received comprehensive mental health counseling. Shaming them with a public Internet profile is unlikely to affect their future behavior—except perhaps to isolate them further from society and promote increased distrust of authority figures trying to help them.”
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Others see the database of abusers as a much-needed resource for rescue and adoption services, who currently rely on little more than personal disclosure and follow-up phone calls to determine whether an adoption applicant is suitable.
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