Whether we like to admit it or not, animal cruelty is rife within our community. There is no centralised resource that we can turn to in order to ensure that a person we wish to employ within the animal industry, or to gift or sell and animal to, has not been convicted of an animal cruelty offence. This is why we need a register, to protect animals from further offences.
Establish an animal Cruelty Offenders Register in Tasmania: WE WANT DEXTERS LAW!
Whether we like to admit it or not, animal cruelty is rife within our community here in Tasmania. There is no centralised resource that we can turn to in order to ensure that a person we wish to employ within the animal industry, or to gift or sell and animal to, has not been convicted of an animal cruelty offence. This is why we need a publicly accesible register, to protect animals from further offences.
Dexters Law is the legislation recently under consideration in Florida. It requires the all animal cruelty offenders to provide their identification details, including driving licence, addresses, email addresses, etc. to a centralised reegistry, similar to the Sex Offenders Register. It requires of convicted offenders to update the information provided to the register should such details change. It also requires that offenders pay a yearly $50 fee to assist in the administration costs of the register. Failure to comply will result in offenders being convicted of a first degree misdemenour.
(It is titled Dexters Law in honour of one of two kittens who were beaten to death by a 24 year old woman and two small boys in a public park. She was charged with animal cruelty and inciting a minor to misdemenour. Dexter was rescued from the woman, still alive, by nearby children. the other kitten was flung into a dumpster where one of the boys poured cold water over it. Dexter was later euthanised due to the extent of his injuries, which were incurred from such acts as being belted with an aluminium bat, and an attempt to slit his throat with a stick.)
This is simply frightening. But it is occuring in our own backyard. Dog fighting rings are operating under the radar. Backyard puppy and kitten mills are subjecting breeding animals and their offspring to misery and torture. We have had cases of greyhounds found mutialted to prevent identification and buried alive, left to die of starvation and dehydration. We have had cases of wilful negligence, dogs being deliberately starved to death. And this is not limited to domestic pets. We have also had cases of cruelty on a horrific scale against livestock and poultry.
Dexters Law, if implemented in Tasmania, could help prevent these individuals and those like them from harming another animal again. Name and shame these people, make their guilt known to the public, and ensure that they cannot purchase or work with another animal so long as their name is on this register.
I implore the State Government of Tasmania to consider the implementation of Dexters Law here in our state, for the sake of all those animals who have no voice.