Studies have suggested a link between animal abuse and other violent crimes. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
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Son of Sam, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer and the Columbine High School shooters are among the infamous criminals who had a history of hurting animals before they went on to target humans, a tendency that's part of what's behind a movement to create public online registries of known animal abusers.While the main goal of collecting names of convicted animal abusers is to prevent them from being able to adopt or purchase other animals, registry backers say such lists could also be a way to raise red flags about people who may commit other violent crimes ranging from domestic violence to mass shootings.Under registry laws, people convicted of felony animal cruelty are required to submit information to the registry and pay a maintenance fee.A high-profile animal cruelty case is often the impetus for passing a registry law.
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