Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Jeff Yarbro passed legislation to make Tennessee the first state to have a statewide animal abuse registry.
The registry will be a public, online listing of anyone convicted of animal abuse in the state. First-time offenders will remain on the registry for two years after their conviction. That gets upped to five years, for subsequent convictions.
“We proposed this law not just to take a stand against animal cruelty, but to take concrete action to prevent abuse and deter those who repeatedly engage in the torture and killing of animals,” state Sen. Jeff Yarbro (D), who sponsored the bill creating the registry, told The Huffington Post.