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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 13,709
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


Nov 24, 2017 Maria Simmons NO RESON FOR ANIMAL ABUSE!!!! IF YOU WANT TO ABUSE SOMETHING, GO ABUSE YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 24, 2017 Diana Symitczek There are to many in shelters already, with Puppy Mills the animals aren't being bought at the shelters.
Nov 24, 2017 Rosana Cascarelli
Nov 23, 2017 Kristine Kelch
Nov 23, 2017 lynn HAmilton We need to stop these abusers before they kill again and again and again we need this now
Nov 23, 2017 Olga Zoller
Nov 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 23, 2017 Brenda McBride
Nov 23, 2017 Judith McHugh
Nov 23, 2017 colette duriez
Nov 23, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Nov 22, 2017 Kate Sheeks
Nov 22, 2017 Lucinda Hare
Nov 22, 2017 Laurie Derderian
Nov 22, 2017 Patty Millspaugh
Nov 22, 2017 Elise McCoubrie
Nov 22, 2017 Laurene Kapinos
Nov 22, 2017 Natalia Drzewicka
Nov 22, 2017 Amarili Galvez This is absolutely necessary, same as for child molesters. The crimes against these innocents are no less vile or serious.
Nov 22, 2017 Lisa Roof
Nov 22, 2017 Arthur Wilson
Nov 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles If other things have to be shown on record, then so does animal abuse!
Nov 22, 2017 DWAYNE KNIRK I wholeheartedly endorse this request. Growing up as a child of a veterinarian, I have spent most of my life being appalled at the unending atrocity, inventiveness, and viciousness of abuse heaped upon nearly every kind of animal, for no reason usually.
Nov 22, 2017 Jane Turner
Nov 22, 2017 Sherry Compton
Nov 22, 2017 troy cabrera
Nov 22, 2017 Caroline McKinney
Nov 22, 2017 Brin Cunningham
Nov 22, 2017 VERA DE CAROLIS
Nov 22, 2017 gina Fogarty
Nov 22, 2017 Jane McCormack
Nov 21, 2017 Stephanie Reed
Nov 21, 2017 J Golden
Nov 21, 2017 James Cunningham This is sorely needed. It sucks that there isn't one already
Nov 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2017 susan hyde
Nov 21, 2017 Ronda Kaltenbacher I believe people who abuse animals should be treated the same as people who abuse children. Their names should be public record!! RK
Nov 21, 2017 vautrin noelle
Nov 21, 2017 Birgit Ditto
Nov 21, 2017 jOHANNA Vantieghem
Nov 21, 2017 Annie Carro
Nov 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2017 Andrea Martin
Nov 21, 2017 Joy Parkinson Please consider that animal abuse should be a separate category.
Nov 21, 2017 Rikarda Daane
Nov 21, 2017 Teri Lamb
Nov 21, 2017 stefan geuns
Nov 21, 2017 Alexa Hilaire

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