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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 29,989
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


Aug 17, 2018 Maryann Mendoza
Aug 17, 2018 Gail Salatrik We need this to protect our animals
Aug 17, 2018 Daniela Bress
Aug 17, 2018 Libby Armshaw People that abuse animals need to know their are be held accountable for their actions.
Aug 17, 2018 William Corley
Aug 17, 2018 Jeneen Rybak
Aug 17, 2018 Deborah Maier
Aug 17, 2018 Ana Graciela Jimenez Bolaños
Aug 17, 2018 Glenn Showalter
Aug 17, 2018 Annette Soucy
Aug 17, 2018 Debi Gray
Aug 17, 2018 marian cleary
Aug 16, 2018 Mary Schannach
Aug 16, 2018 Jen Clinton
Aug 16, 2018 Yvonne Bechtold Research shows that most serial killers started their "careers" by torturing and/or killing small animals.
Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 16, 2018 Jes Conti
Aug 16, 2018 Maren Knox
Aug 16, 2018 Kayann Rose Urgently needed particularly for rescues to find appropriate adopters.
Aug 16, 2018 Elisabeth Butcher
Aug 16, 2018 Tiia Pitkänen
Aug 16, 2018 Jeanne Vaudiau
Aug 16, 2018 C.J. TRAYWICK
Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed) Do the same to the abuser that was done to the poor animal!
Aug 15, 2018 Stacy Weaver
Aug 15, 2018 Kara Rea
Aug 15, 2018 Tori Mulvaney people that abuse helpless animals, ANY animal, should be convicted. it has been proven that the violence escalates to others...whether it be people or other animals! Please do not treat this a a separate category in the NIBRS.
Aug 15, 2018 Diane Zeutas-Broer
Aug 15, 2018 K Van Loon
Aug 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Patricia Grabrovac
Aug 14, 2018 Patricia Jewell
Aug 14, 2018 Kathleen Lovan
Aug 14, 2018 Elaine Pfefferkorn
Aug 14, 2018 Sarah Thao
Aug 14, 2018 Heidi McArdle
Aug 14, 2018 Tamra Bingham
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Stephanie Henman
Aug 14, 2018 Alice Elissen
Aug 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2018 Victoria Bender
Aug 13, 2018 Annette Lebolo
Aug 13, 2018 Vilma McDonald
Aug 13, 2018 TARLA DEARINGER This needs to be a mandatory thing. People who abuse animals also abuse people. They are dangerous and need to be on a list that is public. That way shelters and rescuers can check it before adopting out animals and can know their neighbors.
Aug 13, 2018 Renee Wallace This is long overdue, the same people that abuse animals usually abuse children also and often are the 1st signs a very disturbed individual.
Aug 13, 2018 Karen Beckner
Aug 13, 2018 lena bradel
Aug 13, 2018 Tammy Gregg

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