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.”
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.
Thank you, Rhode Island! Here's hoping the bill passes in the state's Senate. Check your county to see if it has an animal abuser registry. If it doesn't, petition it to pass legislation to create and maintain one! https://t.co/v5oSSfGa4u #stopanimalabuse, #stoppetabuse pic.twitter.com/JfyE1fZ27l— Ruff Patches (@ruffpatches) May 27, 2019
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.