The New Year brings the launch of the first statewide animal abuser registry in the United States. Tennessee launches it’s Animal Abuse Registry on Friday, January 1.
The animal abuser registry is modeled similarly to Megan’s Law, a federal law and informal name for subsequent state laws in the United States. It requires officials to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders.
The Animal Abuse Registry will list those who have been convicted of aggravated animal cruelty, felony animal fighting and bestiality offenses. First-time abusers will have their legal name, address, and photo listed for two-years on the registry’s website. If the abuser is convicted again, the offender will remain on the registry for five years.
Currently, the registry reads “at this time, no individuals meet the legal requirement for inclusion on the registry”.
The legislation was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam in May 2015.
As reported previously, the FBI is changing the way it classifies animal abusers in 2016.