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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 14,947
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 19, 2018 Jason Saville
Feb 19, 2018 Janet Smith
Feb 18, 2018 Irene Murphy
Feb 18, 2018 nora coyle
Feb 18, 2018 Alex Barbour
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) To maintain this database would be of significant help to not just animals, but could prevent crimes against humans as well. Sadism toward an animal often indicates a predilection towards immoral behavior towards humans as well.
Feb 18, 2018 Belinda Thibodeaux
Feb 18, 2018 Michele Krause
Feb 18, 2018 Karen Johnson Please put this into action and it's about time!!!
Feb 17, 2018 Amanda Thomas
Feb 17, 2018 Janet E. Moore 0-': It's our Duty to stand up and protect all living creatures. They deserve our life saving Protect!!! Forever.
Feb 17, 2018 Kristen Guarino
Feb 17, 2018 Patricia Hammerschmidt
Feb 17, 2018 Jennifer Cline
Feb 16, 2018 Rose Mary Gates
Feb 16, 2018 Dana Norton
Feb 16, 2018 Crystal Wingert
Feb 16, 2018 Judith Gray
Feb 16, 2018 Sarah Phillips Please, please, please put this into action. As said, those who abuse and or torture animals will do the same to other human beings. These people have no place in a civilized society.
Feb 16, 2018 Doris Dahan Rmeily
Feb 16, 2018 Tanja Gistl
Feb 16, 2018 shirley Andersch
Feb 16, 2018 Julie Cipale
Feb 16, 2018 Kelley Lehr
Feb 16, 2018 Ken Wenzer
Feb 16, 2018 Lindsay H
Feb 15, 2018 Leona Patterson
Feb 15, 2018 Sue Conway We need to expand this list to the entire US. Case in point, the Florida School Massacre of 17 High School students who should have been thinking about Valentine's Day and not mourning their friends.
Feb 15, 2018 Clara Armenteros
Feb 15, 2018 Susan Sheridan
Feb 15, 2018 Lorri MacQueen
Feb 15, 2018 ludmila vorobieff
Feb 15, 2018 giuliana Donadio
Feb 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 15, 2018 Susan M Maros Victoria
Feb 14, 2018 Anita Phaneuf
Feb 14, 2018 megan klein
Feb 14, 2018 Irina Didmanidze
Feb 14, 2018 Lizzie George Lock them up and throw away the key.
Feb 14, 2018 Emelia Toilolo
Feb 14, 2018 Cynthia Norton Animal abuse is cowardly and is an indicator of abuse on household members.
Feb 14, 2018 Gina Kubatzki
Feb 14, 2018 maria lopez
Feb 14, 2018 Edmund Olivier
Feb 14, 2018 Mary Johnston
Feb 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 14, 2018 tara labrie
Feb 14, 2018 Jane Chin
Feb 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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