FLINT, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Animal rights supporters are moving forward with a proposal to create a public registry of convicted animal abusers in Michigan.

A statewide virtual panel discussion is scheduled for Monday night to discuss the Protect MI Pet 2024 ballot initiative.

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The proposal would allow Michigan voters to decide whether to create a statewide searchable database of convicted animal abusers, and would work just like Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry. The proposal would allow authorities to remove animals from dangerous situations when there is probable cause for the animals being abused. In addition, the initiative would also change property laws to spare animals from months or years in a shelter while court proceedings continue against their abusers.

Protect MI Pet will host a rally on the steps of the Michigan Capitol in Lansing on April 11.