Animal Cruelty Conviction List; established. (SB32)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Animal Cruelty Conviction List established. Requires the Superintendent of State Police to establish and maintain by 2020 an Animal Cruelty Conviction List that shall be available to the public on the website of the Department of State Police. The list shall include the names of persons convicted of certain felony animal cruelty offenses on or after July 1, 2018. The bill requires persons convicted of any such offense to pay a fee of $50 per conviction to fund the maintenance of the list. The bill requires the State Police to remove a person from the list 15 years after his information is listed if he has no additional felony conviction of a relevant animal cruelty offense. Read the Bill »


01/24/2018: Failed to Pass in Committee


11/20/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101119D
11/20/2017Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/11/2018Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/11/2018Committee substitute printed 18105001D-S1
01/11/2018Rereferred to Finance
01/11/2018Incorporates SB212 (Stuart)
01/12/2018Incorporates SB212 (Stuart)
01/19/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB32S1)
01/24/2018Continued to 2019 in Finance (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB212.


Mary D. Devoy writes:

This is an Animal Cruelty Registry, why not call it that?

Registries have one purpose to shame those listed. To shame them to their neighbors, their co-workers, their employers, their classmates, etc.

Once a VSP Animal Cruelty Registry has been established will those listed be prohibited from loitering near animal shelter, pet store or dog parks? How about residing by those locations? Would they be facing a felony?

If those listed move, change jobs or vehicles or if they delete or create email addresses will they need to notify the authorities with in a specific amount of time? If they don't will they face a new felony?

Would they be prohibited from entering a residence of anyone who owns an animal?
What if they pet a dog on the street, should they be punished?

Why do they get automatic removal after 15 years on this VSP Registry if they have no new animal cruelty offenses when the same is not available for those on the VSP Sex Offender Registry?

What’s next a DUI Registry? A Drug Dealer/User Registry? Maybe an Opioid Registry?
How about a Domestic Abuse Registry?

If this Bill had ANYTHING to do with animal protection it would:
1. Require all Virginia shelters and rescues to do a criminal background check on any adoption application for an animal cruelty conviction.
2. Make it a crime for anyone who has an animal cruelty conviction to own any animal for 15 years after the conviction.

BUT that is NOT the goal of this proposal, the goal is to public humiliation, to make education, employment, housing and life in general as miserable as possible for those who will be listed.

22 years of research has concluded Sex Offender Registries have NOT made us any safer and in fact do more harm than good.

No new VSP Registries Virginia!

Brandon Crum writes:

this is not for the purpose of keeping people safe. its for bullying and for the targeting by animal rights activists who would harass any people on this list. do not pass for the sake of the people

Brandon Crum writes:

nazi germany had a registry for jews and we all know how that turned out. stop suggesting these barbaric registries and focus on actual protections for animals

Brandon Crum writes:

Stop making lists that only serve to bully and make life terrible. nobody is on board with this so stop