Hey guys, just wanted to make a post stating that Monica Ferreri of Redlands, California (The woman who set her cat on fire and posted it on Facebook) has been arrested! The cat is expected to make a full recovery, and is currently being taken well care of :) I’m glad that enough fuss was caused to bring it to the authority’s attention because tumblr sure as hell didn’t seem to be happy about it.
(Tumblr post of the screenshot on Facebook is here: http://original-redwood.tumblr.com/post/64840041485/the-cat-isnt-set-on-fire-it-is-a-bit-of-her-fur)(it’d be greatly appreciated if you could signal boost this so that the original poster of that screenshot could see this!)
That was quick
New York creates first-ever animal abuser registry
In a first, the New York Senate has passed a bill that would require that convicted animal abusers - just like convicted sex offenders - register as suchwith the division of criminal justice services. Even more, those who have been convicted of abusing and torturing animals would also have to undergo a required psychiatric evaluation and would be banned from ever owning pets again.
Under the bill, the names and addresses of convicted animal abuses in New York would be made readily accessible to the public. Those involved in the sale and adoption of animals would be able to check the registry before allowing someone to own an animal.
Animal cruelty has been a felony in New York since 1999 when Buster’s Law was passed. Buster was a cat in Schenectady in upstate New York who was doused with kerosene and set on fire in 1997. The law bearing his name was created to ensure that those who commit such crimes are convicted. The new law (S2305A-2013) takes things a step further by creating the registry.
"Persons who commit crimes against animals represent some of the worst kind of people, and often expand their carnage to their neighbors and the larger community. Most people can agree that the level of respect and kindness shown for animals - creatures who cannot speak for themselves, or protect themselves and are easily abused and taken advantage of - is a fine predictor of how a person will treat their peers."
Just as Megan’s Law was created to protect children from repeated sex offenders, Ball’s bill will protect animals from repeat animal abusers - from (again, quoting Patterson) “violent and cruel behavior” that “cannot and should not be tolerated.”
Alice Calabrese, the CEO of Lollypop Farm and the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, says that there is a “high recidivism rate” among those who abuse animals, and that the registry is more than needed. Her organization receives about 1,200 calls about animal cruelty every year.
Ball’s bill is now being sent to the New York Assembly where it is being sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, who was the driving force behind the sponsorship of Buster’s Law. Noting that we have “expanded the DNA database to help catch criminals and exonerate the innocent,” Tedisco underscores that we “now we have an opportunity to advance additional public safety measures including protecting our pets from abuse and ensuring animal abusers don’t go on to hurt people.”
Michigan is also considering creating a registry of animal abusers, as have other states (including California). However, a bill to create such a registry in Maryland last year failed. Now that New York is on the verge of creating a registry of animal abusers, it really is up to the other 49 states to follow suit and do the right thing, as Michelle Gwynn writes.
As Tedisco says, creating the registry of those convicted under Buster’s Law means that “all members of the family” are protected. If all states had such a registry, the next step could be a national registry of animal abusers in order for states to share information, and so that we can best protect “who cannot speak for themselves.”
OH MY GOD I’M CRYING THIS IS BEAUTIFUL INFORMATION
This is awesome!
Oh my god, I am so happy for some happy news on the reproductive justice/prison industrial complex front. BEI BEI IS NOW FREE!
A woman charged with murder for eating rat poison while pregnant will walk free following a plea deal reached Friday.
Bei Bei Shuai, 36, pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness, a Class D misdemeanor. She will serve no additional time behind bars.
Shuai was charged with murder and attempted feticide after she said she ingested rat poison in an attempt to commit suicide while pregnant in early 2011.
Shuai survived, but the infant, who was born several weeks early, died four days later.
Shuai’s trial was scheduled for Sept. 3.
Way fucking overdue.
This news has utterly made my day. Faith in humanity restored a little bit.
this is so amazing
not to sound too cheesy but this really spoke to me
It breaks my heart to share this link, because the horror of it is unimaginable. This is cruelty that was done just for the sake of cruelty; this was a crime of the sickest order, and it happened because nobody stood up to stop it.
A lesbian woman in Alabama went to spend the end of Thanksgiving day with her girlfriend’s family. What happened next, how A got to Z - nobody seems to be clear on, but what we know is that the brother of Mallory Owens, Travis Hawkins, Jr., flipped out, and beat Ms. Owens very literally within an inch of her life. Hawkins’ family stood by and watched. They have done worse than just standing there and watching this; Hawkins’ family is now threatening Owens’ family. Apparently, it’s not enough that their son has made facial reconstruction surgery necessary for the woman that their daughter loves.
The DA in this case charged Hawkins with simple second-degree assault. This is not what happened; what this is was attempted murder and a hate crime.
The story is at the following link. Trigger warning: severe violence against an LGBT person, and graphic pictures of that attack.
Mallory Owens’ story, from what I can gather, is being underreported in Alabama. It’s certainly being treated as unimportant by the legal system. I can promise you that, if the one fighting for his life was Travis Hawkins, this DA would be calling for the death penalty.
Something HAS to be done here. If it’s only that we try to share this story, so that many more eyes are on it and this DA can know that we are watching him, and that we are demanding justice for Mallory Owens. Petitions can be started. Charity accounts can be set up to help with her medical costs. Protests can be arranged.
No matter how it happens, Mallory Owens needs to know that there are people who won’t just stand by.
Please pass this on.
Good. I’m glad to see that there are consequences for his actions.
EXCELLENT. this guy’s given legitimacy and support to pedophiles and stalkers, he deserves nothing less than a permanently tainted employment record. i hope this fucker rots.
The guy is getting PayPal donations from his redditor fanboys after going on Reddit and bemoaning his lack of employment. And I’m sure he will receive thousands upon thousands of dollars.
Anyone who supports this guy is an enabler for pedophiles.
Why is ANYONE still using Reddit as a site? Boycott that shit.
‘Nothing like living in the US with a disabled wife and no health insurance.’
Boo fucking hoo, Michael.
LIKE CONVULSING WITH JOY
ECSTATIC about his firing. Not so much about his fap boys donating to him.
yes, actually. now that i think about it… he’s just gonna sit back and retire and let his reddit tools pay him
[TW: Rape] If I Could Go Back In Time, I Wouldn't Report My Rape
Why had I thought I’d be immune to being called a slut, whore, homewrecker, protected from having my motives and intentions questioned, from being treated as if I were the criminal? And by my own attorney, no less.
““We’re going to go out there and violate some rights.” Hear the secret police recordings that will take your breath away. In a bad way.”
I know I already reblogged this eariler, but I’m doing so again because I really really want ya’ll to to watch this video—especially if you’re white. The next time you have any kind of inkling that People of Color fabricate or exaggerate their experiences of being targeted for humiliation and violence simply for existing, the next time you hear someone suggest that we must be doing something to bring it on ourselves, I want you to remember this video.
Seriously. Watch this please. White people especially!
This quote goes well with another favorite of mine, from Einstein: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
Justice for Deaf Woman Tasered and Jailed by Police!
Lashonn White is a deaf woman who called 911 after being attacked in her apartment. Instead of being helped, Tacoma police tasered her and put her in jail for 60 hours without an interpreter.
Two police officers were dispatched who had been told that she is deaf. She ran outside to meet them, and immediately, Officer Koskovich tasered her in her rib and stomach. Because of the fall, she suffered heavy bleeding from her knuckles, injuries to her cheek, chin, ribs, neck, and arms, and swelling on the right side of her face.
Then they handcuffed her — she was incredibly confused as to why she was under arrest, and couldn’t talk to the officers because they don’t know sign language. Koskovich said that he had yelled for White to stop, but she had ignored him, when she actually couldn’t hear him.
Please tell the Tacoma Police Department that all officers need to receive training concerning disabled individuals and to do a full investigation of the incident. Get justice for Lashonn White!
You knew the woman was deaf and you try to say she ignored what you said to her? Give me a break, there is no excuse for this kind of bullshit.
Can you imagine how a man could shoot himself in the head while his hands have been double locked behind his back? Now imagine him shooting himself squarely in the right temple, when he is left-handed.
This seemingly impossible suicide is how Jonesboro, Arkansas police explain the death of twenty one year old Chavis Carter. On Saturday night he was placed in a patrol car because he had marijuana on his person. He also had a warrant for previous drug possession.
“As protocol, he was handcuffed behind his back, double-locked and searched” said Jonesboro Police Department Sgt. Lyle Waterworth. Yet minutes later he was shot in the head. The police claim that he had hidden a gun and had taken it out to shoot himself.
His mother, Teresa Chavis, thinks the police killed him. She says he wasn’t suicidal and had just called his girlfriend to let her know what was happening. He told her he would call her from jail. Teresa wants to know what happened to her son.
The two officers who were present when Carter was shot were placed on administrative leave, but we cannot let that be the end of the story.
Tell the Jonesboro Police Department and the Jonesboro Mayor that the whole world is watching them. We expect a full investigation. Chavis’s mother deserves to know exactly how her son died.
If it becomes clear that the police murdered this young man, they should not be put on “administrative leave” – they should be tried and sent to prison. Chavis was handcuffed behind his back and could not defend himself. As in the case of Travon Martin, jailing the killer will not reverse the death of a young man. But it will remind the world that we do not live in a country that ignores violence against African Americans.
When people ask how I can’t trust our police/government/country I wonder how they can.
Justice for Tasered 8-Months-Pregnant Woman!
Police in Chicago used a Taser on an African-American woman who is 8-months-pregnant because she parked in a handicapped parking space.
Tiffany Rent parked there because she was trying to calm down her 3-year-old daughter. She tried to explain what happened but they wouldn’t listen, and gave her a ticket for $200.
The police, who had blocked her in, started insulting her — one told her to call Jesse Jackson — and Rent got into her car because she was scared. They tasered her through the window, and her boyfriend, Joseph Hobbs, had his elbow dislocated while trying to protect her. This all happened in front of her children.
Rent and Hobbs were taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest and simple assault. Rent was taken to the hospital for treatment, and may have to deliver her baby early because of the stress.
Please tell the Chicago Police Department to do a full investigation of this incident and get justice for Tiffany Rent!
I don’t even know what to say. I am incredibly appalled and angry. Justice for Tiffany Rent!
what the ACTUAL FUCK