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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 28,491
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

Animal abuse is a far too prevalent of an issue in the United States. Almost 2,000 cases were reported last year [1], in only 15 states. While neglect and abandonment is the most common form of abuse, there are documented cases of animals being shot, beaten, stabbed, and tortured.

Despite the best efforts of animal advocates, clamping down on abuse is a fiercely uphill battle. Until 2017, animal abuse wasn't even a category in the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) [2]. Previously, it fell under the umbrella term: "All Other Offenses," [3] making it impossible to determine the full scale of animal abuse across those states that chose to participate with the NIBRS.

There's still a problem, however. Participation in the NIBRS is not mandatory. Currently, only 30 percent of the country is served by the NIBRS. This results in a piecemeal picture of who the nation's animal abusers are, what crimes they've committed, and where they live. Projections on the full numbers from such a small sample of NIBRS-participating states are terrifying, especially when considering many animal abuse incidents go unreported.

The FBI's inclusion of animal abuse as a separate category on the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) is a step in the right direction [3], but that is only a first step. Thirty percent of the nation accounted for in the NIBRS is simply too little to be effective.

Tracking animal abusers is also critical to the safety of humans. Often, violent people being their crimes targeting animals and later turn their whims to people. According to the Human Society of the United States, "A 2001-2004 study by the Chicago Police Department "revealed a startling propensity for offenders charged with crimes against animals to commit other violent offenses toward human victims." Of those arrested for animal crimes, 65% had been arrested for battery against another person [4]." The Humane Society also cites other studies finding 46% of murderers "admitted committing acts of animal torture as adolescents and seven school shooters between 1997 and 2001 "who had previously committed acts of animal cruelty." [4]

Join us in calling on the FBI to make reporting of abuse to the NIBRS mandatory, and to get 100% of the country reporting! Until we have complete information, countless animals remain at risk!

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To the Director of the FBI

The FBI has started down a great path with the inclusion of animal abuse as a separate crime in your NIBRS reports. Animal abuse is often a precursor to violence against people, and by labeling animal abuse clearly could very well save lives.

The FBI's inclusion of animal abuse as a separate category on the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) is a step in the right direction [3], but that is only a first step. Thirty percent of the nation accounted for in the NIBRS is simply too little to be effective.

Tracking animal abusers is also critical to the safety of humans. Often, violent people being their crimes targeting animals and later turn their whims to people. Countless studies have linked the inclination for animal abuse with future violent crimes, which only reiterates the importance of clear, precise tracking for those who would harm animals.

By expanding the list to cover the entire United States, the FBI can help protect and defend animals and humans across the country.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Petition Signatures


May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 annah jetha
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 Sandy Chong
May 22, 2018 Shana Wopsock
May 22, 2018 Annamaria Rizzo
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 T Armagost Serious incarceration, denial of any contact with animals and be placed on NIBRS!
May 21, 2018 Elizabeth Pum
May 21, 2018 Kelly Morgan
May 21, 2018 randy sallan
May 21, 2018 RENATE SCHEWCZYK
May 21, 2018 Deborah Maitlland These people need to be held accountable and charged with a crime!!
May 21, 2018 Caroline Liljencrantz
May 21, 2018 Sandra Middour
May 21, 2018 anne jacques
May 20, 2018 Ann VanWagenen
May 20, 2018 CHARLENE DONOVAN
May 20, 2018 M. Kox
May 20, 2018 Kim Wolff This is out of control!!!!
May 20, 2018 Rebecca Holzer
May 20, 2018 Regina Reginas
May 20, 2018 Maura McCabe
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Debra Wright
May 19, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Henry Barzilay
May 19, 2018 Terri Campbell
May 19, 2018 Ray Kowalski
May 19, 2018 Jude Gorgopa
May 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2018 Petra Romagna Alle Tiere sollten nicht mehr leiden, sondern due Menschen die Tiere quälen!!!
May 19, 2018 Kristyn Landry
May 19, 2018 Lizzie LeMoine
May 19, 2018 Claudia Frosch
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 Barb Breese
May 18, 2018 Samantha Eldridge
May 18, 2018 Sherry Mills
May 18, 2018 CARLA ALSTON
May 18, 2018 Krista Alexander
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 Silvia Gomez
May 18, 2018 Janel Compton
May 18, 2018 Pat Tomes Every serial killer started with abusing animals, before moving on to killing humans: Jeffrey Dahmar, John Wayne Gasey. THIS needs to BE a LAW now! Its stops with us NOW!
May 18, 2018 Martha Soto
May 18, 2018 Betty Delman
May 18, 2018 Jennifer Perez
May 18, 2018 Lisa Seidner
May 18, 2018 sylvia sutherland

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