A small, but necessary, step in the right direction
Suffolk County, on the eastern half of Long Island, moved to create the nation's first animal abuse registry this week, requiring people convicted of cruelty to animals to register or face jail time and fines.
"We know there is a very strong correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence," said Suffolk County legislator Jon Cooper, the bill's sponsor. "Almost every serial killer starts out by torturing animals, so in a strange sense we could end up protecting the lives of people."
There's no immediate benefit to Durham County coffers, so i can't see the clown show making an effort in this direction. But don't you think that improving the quality of life in the county will have more long term benefit than shitty development that may very well end up vacant in 15 years?
Suffolk county also, about 5 years ago, responded to the first known cases of rabies in the wild with an aggressive program to eradicate the disease by providing oral vaccines in salt licks in the area where the outbreak occurred. Here in Durham, where rabies is endemic in our raccoon and fox populations, the county's preferred solution is to tell you to avoid contact with wild animals, and where rubber gloves when disposing of any carcasses you find on your property.