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On April 22, 2014, we mailed off 99,794 signatures to the US Secretary of Agriculture. Continue to show your support for this worthy cause by signing below while we wait for a response back from Secretary Vilsack!
Goal: 200,000 Progress: 144,079
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

Convicted child abusers are automatically entered into a national public registry to inform people of their whereabouts and to ensure children's safety. This helps to keep parents informed about potential danger in their neighborhoods.

Animal abusers should be held to no lower standards, and should be required to enter an animal abuse registry in order to protect the lives of animals living in close vicinity. Sign the petition telling the head of the USDA, Thomas Vilsack, to enact a national animal abuser registry.

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Dear Thomas Vilsack,

I am writing to request that you, as head of the USDA, push for a national animal abuse registry. Much like the child abuser registry, this would require animal abusers to enroll in an animal abuse index that would be publicly available.

A registry of this nature is necessary given the close correlation between animal abuse and child abuse. Many repeat animal abusers often demonstrate violence toward humans as well; more often than not, the two aren't mutually exclusive. This is why we need your help to ensure our communities are kept safe and informed.

Please take the necessary steps to ensure a registry to identify animal abusers is put into effect. Animals and humans alike deserve your best efforts to keep them safe.

Thank you for your time.

Petition Signatures


Jun 3, 2015 Sarah Thomas
Jun 3, 2015 Traci Wright
Jun 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2015 Julia Gimeno
Jun 3, 2015 Krista Fennell
Jun 3, 2015 Joanna Murphy For Caitlin
Jun 3, 2015 Vanessa Ward Protect all animals!!!
Jun 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2015 Steven Despot
Jun 3, 2015 Fallon Cohen
Jun 3, 2015 Cathy Trumble I used to wk at an animal shelter and we used to share info between ourselves on abusive/neglectful owners. People would go from shelter to shelter trying to adopt, not realizing we were in contact w/each other. We need a registry to connect us all
Jun 3, 2015 Susan Pinkus
Jun 3, 2015 Susan Ehrlich
Jun 3, 2015 Elna Westind
Jun 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2015 Kerry Baker Animal abuse is uncalled for. These poor innocent animals need our voice to protect them from such hanous crimes towards them. They have a total disregard for life. Period. If they can hurt and torture animals, then they will hurt humans too.
Jun 3, 2015 Sandra Benaitiene
Jun 3, 2015 Beverly Schmitt
Jun 3, 2015 Trevor Morgan
Jun 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) Why not prevent pain and suffering at every chance?
Jun 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2015 Megan Jones
Jun 3, 2015 Rachel Counts I would like to take this opportunity to also express my disagreement with breed bans. Ban the abusers, do not stereotype an entire breed of dog.
Jun 3, 2015 Brie Marvin
Jun 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2015 gina chase
Jun 3, 2015 Moricia Stanley
Jun 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2015 Ginette Collerette
Jun 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2015 sally cutts
Jun 3, 2015 Cindy Holland Please make it a law that animal abusers are required to sign the abuser registry...most people consider animals to be thier children and the punishment shoud be the same as that for child abuse.
Jun 3, 2015 Amy Horst
Jun 3, 2015 Courtney McMahon
Jun 3, 2015 Valorie Rusher I would very much like to see a registry for animal abusers! Especially the really horrible cases, because it will give people the knowledge of who SHOULD NOT be trusted with animals. It should be proven cases only though... not just hearsay and rumor
Jun 3, 2015 tori schweitzer It is a small jump from animal abuse to child abuse. In order to so such horrible things to an animal, you must lack empathy and without it you will have no problem hurting more animals or a child. They prey on those who cant fight back and have no voice.
Jun 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2015 kiara Nicholson protect our pets!
Jun 3, 2015 Krysten Bracaglia
Jun 3, 2015 IRENE DE CARDENAS
Jun 3, 2015 Brandalena Ute
Jun 3, 2015 Sandee Fiocchi The registry should also be available to breeders, pet stores and animal shelters to prevent abusers from adopting again and again.
Jun 3, 2015 elena thomas
Jun 3, 2015 Edie Dull
Jun 3, 2015 Anthony Gonzalez If a registry exists for sexual predators, there should also be one for heartless, violent animal torturers as well.
Jun 3, 2015 Tamara Shurling

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