Animal Abuser Registry & Harsher Punishment for Animal Abusers

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I want to see harsher punishment for animal abusers in AZ and want to see an animal abuser registry put into place!  In the last 20 years researchers and advocates have found that animal or pet abuse is related to domestic violence.  Not only would we be helping our animals who don't have a voice of their own but we could potentially be helping to stop and prevent future domestic violence on women, children, and families by creating harsher punishment for animal abusers.  We need to stop this violence and crack down on animal abuse including bait dogs, dog fighting, poisoning and shooting outdoor cats ect 

According to the Animal Welfare Institute

"FACT: Domestic violence, child abuse, and animal abuse frequently occur simultaneously in a family.

Multiple studies have found that from 49% to 71% of battered women reported that their pets had been threatened, harmed, and or killed by their partners.
In a national survey, 85% of domestic violence shelters indicated that women coming to their facilities told of incidents of pet abuse.
According to a survey, women in domestic violence shelters were 11 times more likely to report animal abuse by their partners than was a comparison group of women not experiencing violence.
A study of 1,283 female pet owners seeking refuge found batterers who abuse pets also used more forms of violence and demonstrated greater use of controlling behaviors.

FACT: Women with pets may delay leaving a dangerous environment for fear of their pets’ safety.

Across various surveys, between 18% and 48% of battered women delay leaving a dangerous situation out of concern for their pets’ safety.

FACT: Individuals who commit pet abuse are more likely to become batterers.

Pet abuse was identified as one of the four significant predictors for intimate partner violence in a recent “gold standard” study conducted by Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell and colleagues in three metropolitan areas over a period of seven years.
A more thorough understanding of the connection between animal abuse and the likelihood of becoming a batterer would better enable us to intervene at one of the earliest possible points and to stop battering before it begins.

FACT: Animal abuse often is linked to the severity of IPV.

"Studies have found a significant association between physical and severe psychological IPV perpetration and a history of animal abuse, as well as an association between pet abuse and controlling behaviors in violent relationships. Moreover, over the past ten years, more and more studies confirm a significant association between animal maltreatment and more frequent and severe forms of intimate partner violence (IPV). These studies included asking women who sought shelter for domestic violence about their experiences, as well as checking court records of men who had been convicted of domestic violence. A revised Danger Assessment instrument designed to predict re-assault in female same-sex relationships included the following question, “Has she threatened to harm a pet, family member, or person with a disability?” At this time it seems clear that seriousness of animal maltreatment is linked to the level of danger to which a domestic violence victim is exposed. This makes it more imperative that both animal protection service/humane law enforcement and human service/law enforcement agencies receive information and training about this connection." 

According to Animal Cruelty Taskforce of Southern Arizona

• 71% of abused women report that their batterers have threatened to hurt/kill their pets and have done so.
• 32% of battered women with children report that their children have hurt or killed pets.
• 25%-48% of battered women delay leaving an abusive situation for fear of what will happen to her pet if left behind.
• 40% of battered women report that they have been forced to participate in sexual acts with animals as part of their domestic terrorization.

Sex Offenders:
• 48% of rapists have committed acts of animal cruelty as children or adolescents.
• 30% of child molesters have committed acts of animal cruelty as children or adolescents
• 15% of all active rapists also rape animals. Child Abuse:
• 80% of homes in which animal control agencies found abused/neglected pets there had been previous investigations by child welfare agencies of physical abuse and neglect."