Now we know who they are - animal abuser registry created in US state

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In Rhode Island, any animal abusers will now have to be added to a registry, from which they will be recognised in the future if they ever try to adopt an animal again.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 30/05/2019, 07:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:46

This is a step in the right direction for a country that still has a long way to go when it comes to animal welfare.

A tool to fight animal cruelty

Arthur Corvese, a Democrat representing North Providence explained the decision: “People who have abused animals should not be allowed to own other animals. Pets are utterly defenceless, and allowing those who are known to abuse them to have more of them is subjecting those animals to an almost-certain fate of pain, suffering and perhaps death.” 

“Besides protecting animals, a registry would provide assistance and peace of mind to the dedicated people who work to find home for homeless animals. The last thing they want is to send a pet into the arms of an abuser, and this will give them a tool to avoid that situation.”

Undeserving owners

Any person selling or adopting out animals will now have to check this registry to make sure the person interested doesn’t have a past in animal abuse.

Convicted animal abusers will be up on the registry for 15 years after having committed any kind of abuse. If, after this time, they adopt an animal and abuse it again, they will be up on the registry for the rest of their lives.

To officialise the bill, it now has to be passed through Senate.


In the UK, according to the Animal Welfare Act (2006), penalties for neglect or cruelty towards animals can be punished by up to £20,000 fines and jail sentences going up to 51 weeks. A single act, if grave enough, can result in a lifetime ban from owning animals.