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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 10,662
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


Sep 20, 2017 Melissa Shaw
Sep 20, 2017 Veronique DeAngelo
Sep 20, 2017 Marion Brannaschk
Sep 19, 2017 deb cheshire
Sep 19, 2017 Lyn Hood
Sep 19, 2017 Anne Theivagt This would be excellent to have a list like this. Animal abusers can just move from state to state. Lets put a stop to this.....Make this happen please.
Sep 19, 2017 Adriana Di Santolo
Sep 19, 2017 Corrine Thompson
Sep 19, 2017 Kurt Thompson
Sep 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) If they hurt an animal, they will move on.....
Sep 19, 2017 Nicole Schmid
Sep 19, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Sep 19, 2017 Susan Evans Whatever it takes.
Sep 19, 2017 Sabine Alkier
Sep 19, 2017 LINDA FANCHER
Sep 18, 2017 Beverly Gordon What else can give unconditional love? Nothing is more deserving of protection than animals. Step up FBI and do a really good thing for those that don't have voices.
Sep 18, 2017 David Mowry
Sep 18, 2017 Patti Ann
Sep 18, 2017 Drucilla Ashley
Sep 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2017 Herbert Staniek
Sep 18, 2017 Roxanne McCullough
Sep 18, 2017 Stephanie Harris track them like sexual predators, lock them up, give them a taste of their own medicine
Sep 18, 2017 Thomas Talbot
Sep 18, 2017 Meghan Croyts
Sep 18, 2017 Johannes Tschirk
Sep 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2017 Barbara Massey
Sep 18, 2017 Julieanne Pogue This is a crime which we know develops into crimes within families! Please help us stop this senseless abuse from mentally disturbed or ignorant and unfeeling people!
Sep 18, 2017 G Hill
Sep 18, 2017 Constance deRoche
Sep 18, 2017 Valerie Lerman
Sep 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2017 Petra Hegenscheidt
Sep 18, 2017 Dorothy Szoltyk Justice for animals
Sep 18, 2017 joann stonebridge
Sep 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2017 Marilyn Banderet
Sep 18, 2017 Carole Carnovale
Sep 18, 2017 Jeanne Ridolfi No abuser of animals should be allowed an animal nor should their identity be secret
Sep 18, 2017 bev boykan
Sep 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please help all animals. There is no need for anyone to abuse them just like there is no excuse for anyone to abuse humans.
Sep 18, 2017 Vanna Pagnozzi
Sep 18, 2017 Kristi Holmlund
Sep 18, 2017 Peggy Skelton
Sep 18, 2017 Linda Langmacher These people are sick and probably abuse humans! It has been proven serial killers started by abusing animals.
Sep 18, 2017 Connie Guyon
Sep 18, 2017 Phyllis Burkett These abusers need to be stopped. Need to be put away for their actions. They are sick and need to be punished for their crime.
Sep 18, 2017 Sue Bedrick

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