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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 29,516
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


Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) All animal abusers should be punished in the same manner as they have abused animals--burning, drowning, beating, whatever. They should experience the same pain and terror as they inflict, and then be imprisoned for the rest of their lives; no exceptions
Jun 20, 2018 debbie holland
Jun 20, 2018 lydia rivera
Jun 20, 2018 tania rivera
Jun 20, 2018 Tina Watkins
Jun 20, 2018 Mai Huynh
Jun 20, 2018 MARIA QUINTERO Tracking animal abusers is critical for also vulnerable population like children, olders, disable.. critical to the safety of human
Jun 20, 2018 Jacqueline Watkins
Jun 20, 2018 Laurie Karp
Jun 20, 2018 Jody Solow
Jun 19, 2018 Beverly. Speirs
Jun 19, 2018 Alicia Garza
Jun 19, 2018 Darlene Littlefield
Jun 19, 2018 Bonny Reiske
Jun 19, 2018 Brenda Rhodes Stronger laws!! Please help protect innocent animals from abuse!!!
Jun 19, 2018 Sarah Barrett
Jun 19, 2018 Jean Galati
Jun 19, 2018 Maria Manzo
Jun 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 Casondra Peretore
Jun 19, 2018 Victoria Finklea
Jun 19, 2018 Judi Luthy
Jun 19, 2018 Shirley Poetschka
Jun 19, 2018 Michelle Dillree
Jun 19, 2018 TERESA GRANDINETTI
Jun 19, 2018 Cecilia Brandon
Jun 19, 2018 jorgina B
Jun 19, 2018 Brigitte Bataille Pour la protection et le respect de tout les animaux. Eux aussi ont un coeur car ce sont des êtres vivants. Ils sont innocents et ressentent la souffrance. Ceux qui s en prennent aux animaux sont des êtres cruels et dangereux!! Ils doivent être punis!
Jun 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 Janice Lovell
Jun 19, 2018 Marie Winter
Jun 19, 2018 Melissa Curro
Jun 19, 2018 Pam Pardon
Jun 18, 2018 Janet Mischler
Jun 18, 2018 Dawn Robinson
Jun 18, 2018 D'Arcy Goodrich
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Fraser The reporting of abuse to the NIBRS needs to be mandatory nationwide. We are the voice for these defenseless animals. Speak Up!
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) This will also make it possible for animal shelters to prevent adoptions by abusers.
Jun 18, 2018 Diann Ricketts
Jun 18, 2018 Aníta Einarsdóttir
Jun 17, 2018 Carol Jackson
Jun 17, 2018 Nataliya Henifin
Jun 17, 2018 Doni Bess Animals have feelings too. They feel pain and know when they are being abused. If someone hurts animals, it is not so far a stretch for them to harm a child.
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) Without a doubt
Jun 17, 2018 Jackie Maloof
Jun 17, 2018 susan belden
Jun 16, 2018 Cathy Anderson
Jun 16, 2018 Debbie Herndon
Jun 16, 2018 Biancarosa Alfieri

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