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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 15,013
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


Feb 24, 2018 Pat Halter
Feb 24, 2018 Mitzi Frank
Feb 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2018 Karen McKeon
Feb 24, 2018 Nancy Williams
Feb 24, 2018 Marleen Neus
Feb 24, 2018 Linda York Animal abuser should be put on a register same as child abusers. Most people abusers started out abusing animals, and should have to register as such. They should also NOT be able to have any control over ANY animals.
Feb 24, 2018 carol collins
Feb 24, 2018 françoise béguin
Feb 24, 2018 Frank Florio
Feb 24, 2018 Patti Eckert
Feb 24, 2018 Michelle Dean Animals can't speak for themselves! We need to be their voice.
Feb 24, 2018 Anne Bennett This should have been done long before now.
Feb 24, 2018 celeste horn
Feb 23, 2018 Wendy Dalton
Feb 23, 2018 Manel Dias
Feb 23, 2018 Ruthann Shae how cruel to allow an abuser a second chance to abuse............must stop!!!!!
Feb 23, 2018 A Martin
Feb 23, 2018 Celeste Crowley
Feb 23, 2018 Brea Viragh Please do something!
Feb 23, 2018 Tracey Dellinger
Feb 23, 2018 Jill Kuch
Feb 23, 2018 Susan Welsford
Feb 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2018 Shannon Leitner
Feb 23, 2018 Cynthia Marzett
Feb 23, 2018 Keith Wright
Feb 23, 2018 Elissa Gilbert
Feb 23, 2018 Maya Rudik
Feb 23, 2018 Miriam Edwards
Feb 23, 2018 Vonda McWilliams
Feb 23, 2018 Sandy Lubeck
Feb 23, 2018 Robin Archer
Feb 23, 2018 roberta thornton-howard
Feb 22, 2018 Kathryn Fenn The Parkland Florida shooter posted photos of animals he had mutilated. People who kill animals are usually practicing to kill humans. This is common sense and will save lives while making your job easier.
Feb 22, 2018 Daria Karpova
Feb 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 22, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 22, 2018 gillard claudine
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 Susan Peterson
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 Pamela Guinn
Feb 21, 2018 Shirley Cooksley
Feb 21, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Feb 21, 2018 Dorothy Vandermey
Feb 20, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Feb 20, 2018 Lloyd George Please institute Animal Abuse Registry~!!! Thank You in advance.

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