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Animal Abuser Registry Proposed In Michigan State Legislature

So there’s a possibility that there might be an Michigan Registry for Animal Abusers. All I can say is,  “I’m all for it!”  I have been working with Crash’s Landing, a non profit/no kill animal shelter, for about 9 years now.  While I get the word out in the community about adoption, and the importance of spaying and neutering, and just good animal care in general, I don’t do the really difficult, everyday work, that Dr. Jen and the volunteers do.  I couldn’t deal with the stuff that they see, sometimes on a daily basis.  I’m talking about abuse, and neglect, and the outright ignorance and irresponsibility of people.  I don’t think I could see the what the lowest common denominator in our society is capable of doing.  All of my animals were rescues and came with a number of different issues, both physical and psychological, all at the hands of their abusers.  It has literally taken years to get them to a point of “their normal” a place where they have stabilized.

Dr. Jen Petrovich from Clyde Park Veterinary Clinic and her staff of volunteers; they do the hard stuff.  They have to see the abuse and neglect.  Animals that have died, or have had to been euthanized or live with a disability because of what someone stupid did to them.  They don’t have a voice.  They can’t tell!  So they need someone with a conscience and who cares to protect them.  Sure a lot of people say “Well, they’re only animals.”

It’s those words, and that kind of ignorance and thinking, that leads to this bill be presented before the Michigan legislature.  These people need to be registered so they cannot easily adopt an animals into their cruel hands.  Will it stop them from getting their hands on an animal to abuse?  Probably not.  People give away animals for free everyday who are then abused, used, or sold for experimentation. No animal should every be “given away for FREE.”  Never!  But a registry in the State of Michigan for animal abusers is a good thing.  It might be one more step or hoop for the abuser to jump through,  that will protect agencies from adopting animals into an abusers hands.  This bill certainly couldn’t hurt…

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