The country is seeing a difference of opinion in the way animals are being treated. Suffolk County, Long Island has created the nation's first animal abuse registry which will operate much like the lists which track sexual offenders. This online resource requires all convicted animal abusers to register or face prosecution.
Other states are taking a look at this suburb's attempt to quash cruelty to animals. According to the New York Times, at least 27 states already allow courts to bar abusers from owning or even coming into contact with pets with three other states consdering similar legislation.
Arguments that animal abusers move on to crimes against fellow humans is providing motivation to effect new law. Until very recently, limited resources prohibited legal recourse for criminals. A nationwide list of offenders will provide communites, rescues, shelters and law enforcement officials beneficial support to combat wrongdoing against animals and their people.
Pit bulls represent many of the abuse cases due mostly to over-population and the element of people this misunderstood breed attracts. Animal cruelty is a disease that has no boundaries and is not specific to breed or species. A nationwide ban on inhumane treatment of all animals is long overdue.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated...I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man."