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Reynolds: Arizona is in need of an animal abuser registry

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Michelle Reynolds is a member of the PETA Foundation. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress)
By Michelle Reynolds | Point of View

An animal abuser registry would go a long way toward preventing acts of violence against all of Arizona’s most vulnerable residents.

Animals who are being abused are unable to tell anyone what is happening to them or remove themselves from the situation. Their only hope for rescue is that a caring human will report the crime and that law enforcement will intervene.

Research in psychology and criminology shows a clear correlation between cruelty to animals and violence towards humans, and the FBI now collects data on animal abuse cases for this reason.

Abusers target the powerless, so crimes against animals, spouses, children, and the elderly often go hand in hand.

To safeguard all potential victims, every act of violence against animals must be handled with the seriousness it warrants.

Stopping abuse where it starts will also help prevent children who witness cruelty to animals from becoming perpetrators themselves. And it will save law enforcement officials critical resources.

Virginia is considering an animal abuser registry as well. Hopefully, both states will lead the way on this vital issue and inspire others to follow suit.

Editor’s Note: Michelle Reynolds is a member of the PETA Foundation.

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