Animal abusers are being registered like sex offenders in a growing number of US states and counties by listing their names in an official registry, similar to the way sex offenders details are stored.
The registry is aimed to protect the welfare of animals by allowing pet owners and pet shop owners to check the registry. It will also provide a way to check on pet sitters and private sales of animals. Reportedly a law enforcement motivation is behind the registries, as studies have shown people who are cruel to animals are more likely to enact violence against individuals. The first state to introduce a registry was Tennessee in 2016. Tampa joined the list of counties in September with similar initiatives proposed in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.
The FBI has tracked cruelty against animals in the same way as crimes including arson, burglary, assault, and even homicide, allowing people to monitor and tackle the extent of animal neglect, torture, and other abuse.