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Senator Kavanagh continues to push for an Arizona animal abuse registry

An Arizona lawmaker will be making another push in 2018 for a bill that would create a public animal abuse registry where someone with a felony conviction of animal cruelty would be listed.

In past legislative sessions in Arizona, Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, has spearheaded animal-protection bills and helped propose the first registry bill, Senate Bill 1141, which failed in January 2017 after it stalled in committee and no vote was held.

The registry will be used “so that individuals who are selling a pet to somebody could voluntarily check to see if this person has ever been convicted of animal abuse and then not sell the animal,” Kavanagh said.

Kavanagh said it’s difficult to get many animal protection bills passed into law.

“I think the main reason is that a lot of the people who oppose such regulations, in the husbandry community … view it as a slippery slope to laws that will infringe on cattle and dairy activities in the state,” he said, adding that he makes it a point to exclude those types of animals from any bills.

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