Animal cruelty register on the agenda

MOVES by the RSPCA to set up animal “cruelty registers” have gained support this week.

The State Government has been urged to look seriously at options being considered in Western Australia to establish a database of people who commit acts of cruelty to animals.

LNP Shadow Attorney-General Lawrence Springborg said research indicated that up to 40 per cent of serial killers commit acts of cruelty to animals as youngsters and teenagers.

“We need to recognise the links between animal cruelty and violent criminal behaviour and human killing,” he said.

“We need to use every opportunity to identity potential serial killers because the profiles of violent criminals overwhelmingly list cruelty to animals before progression to humans.

“The longest sentence for cruelty handed down by a Queensland court is just four months' jail.”



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