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Proposed Bill Will Help Prevent Convicted Animal Abusers From Getting Their Hands On New Victims

Proposed Bill Will Help Prevent Convicted Animal Abusers From Getting Their Hands On New Victims

Sometimes it feels like ending animal cruelty is an uphill battle. Barkpost has covered tales of neglect and mistreatment all too often in the past. As much as we love sharing the stories of pups who overcome awful circumstances to go on to happy lives, we all wish we could see change on a much bigger scale. Lawmakers in Massachusetts may soon help to bring about that large scale change.

Many states have laws against animal cruelty, but there’s never been a way to prevent offenders from adopting or rescuing new animals, who will most certainly become their victims.

That is until now.

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are considering a bill that will place everyone who is convicted of animal cruelty on a statewide registry. The registry will only be available to pet stores, shelters and breeders. The general public will not have access to it. It’s not clear if the registry will be available to rescues.

Legislators are reviewing the bill today. If it passes, it could prevent thousands of animals from ending up in the hands of abusers. Tennessee is the only other state to have such a law, which lawmakers passed earlier this year. Many other states have similar bills pending.

We hope all states follow suit, as legislation like this will dramatically reduce the suffering of animals.

Feature image via Flickr
h/t WHDH News.

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