But the Tennessee database was launched more than two years after a Huffington Post article reported on a national “Do Not Adopt” registry founded by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF).
In the 2013 HuffPo article, Chris Green, ALDF Director of Legislative Affairs, said, “There is no existing mechanism to prevent someone convicted of animal abuse from walking into a shelter or going on Craigslist and getting a new animal.”
The ALDF database is meant to collect conviction data across all fifty states while absorbing the expenses commonly cited by state governments as the reason they have yet to implement their own registries.
Not only could a registry protect animals from physical abuse but also from other injustices like “fighting, hoarding, bestiality and other heinous crimes.”
In addition, studies of animal abuse have shown that “those who harm animals are five times more likely to harm human victims in the future.”Source: Mnn | Abc10 | Huffingtonpost | Fox8 | Google
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