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primary topic: Welfare of Animals
secondary topics: Legal System

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Our state has good reasons to be concerned about the whereabouts of animal abusers, including the high rate of recidivism among animal hoarders, the dangers to a community that are associated with animal fighting, and the well-established link between violence towards animals and violence towards humans.

Mandatory registration for convicted animal abusers in each state would aid dramatically in keeping offenders away from potential new victims by alerting law enforcement and the public to their whereabouts, and by allowing animal shelters to thoroughly screen potential adopters for criminal offenders. This in turn would reduce the enormous cost burdens our shelters face in caring for these animal victims. More information is available at http://www.ExposeAnimalAbusers.org.

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