Webinar presenter John Thompson of the National Sheriffs Association answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Partners in Crime: The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Abuse. Here are some of his responses.
Audience Question: Are there any studies about domestic violence and animal abuse on tribal land?
John Thompson: Tribal lands are a bit challenging at times. I don't know of any, but it doesn't mean they're not there. I'm more than willing to work with anyone and the possibility of doing some.
Audience Question: Why do you suppose that people's attitudes towards animals and society evolved that animals are treated better and like family now?
John Thompson: I am walking example of that change. People are becoming closer, bonding to their pets. The value of animals and society is changing, and the new information that's available is making people rethink and understand why this is important.
And if you're looking to change the legislature (about animal welfare), go to Facebook and look for a police officer, judge, or prosecutor who has a dog, because they already understand that bond.
Audience Question: What is the number of States that do not consider animals property? And do you think there is a nationwide change?
John Thompson: It goes back to the legislators changing laws, which is brought about by the people. I don't have the exact number of states, the statistics, I'm sorry. But what I can't answer right now, we can get them answered for you.
Audience Question: Are there any policies being worked on to get a national registry for animal abuse offenders?
John Thompson: There are several things going on, but I'm not a hundred percent familiar with the registry. I know that the National Link Coalition would be a great resource for that as he's working on that. There is something but it's not yet complete. You can get in touch with Phil from the National Link Coalition or Chelsea from the National Law Enforcement Center.
Audience Question: Are petitioners permitted to include animals as a part of a request for an order of protection?
John Thompson: Yes. Laws are changing. But again, I would ask you to reach out to Chelsea on the National Sheriffs Association team ([email protected]) for specifics.
Click here to watch a recording of "Partners in Crime: The Link between Animal Abuse and Human Abuse."