New Jersey Bill Would Establish Publicly Available Animal Cruelty Offender Registry

New Jersey Senate Bill 448, the “Animal Cruelty Offender Registry Act,” would require individuals convicted of an animal cruelty offense to register as an “Animal Cruelty Offender” on a publicly available database. An animal cruelty offender also would be prohibited from adopting, purchasing, or participating in the breeding of animals. The bill would set conditions for the offender to be released from the requirements of the Act after meeting certain requirements over a period of ten years following the offense. The bill has been referred to the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.