FBI now tracking animal abusers

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oldgraymare
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:12 pm

Interesting bit of news for rescue organizations. Apparently now the FBI has the permission/ability to track animal abusers and it is now a Class A felony.


(Newser) – This year, for the first time, the FBI will track animal abuse the same way it tracks crimes such as homicide, arson, and assault. After years of lobbying, the bureau agreed in 2014 to make animal cruelty a Class A felony with its own category, and started tracking cases this year, the Washington Post reports. Previously, animal cruelty crimes were reported to the FBI as "other." The change will allow animal rights advocates to easily see whether abuse is going up or down, and it could even alert authorities to criminals who might eventually turn to violent crime against people: The deputy executive director of the National Sheriffs' Association backed the change when he learned that many serial killers are animal abusers first. Collecting animal abuse data could help "flag" future violent offenders, as many as 70% of whom may have abused animals first, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

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Sparrow Castle
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 4:41 pm

Good to hear. Thanks for posting. This could help folks working in the child welfare system too. Still have work to do to make it useful...
but actually reporting to NIBRS is voluntary, so animal rights advocates must convince local law enforcement agencies to do so.
oldgraymare
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 5:21 pm

It might help with the druggies and wing nuts that abuse pit bulls too. Once they are busted for a Class A offense they can't legally own a firearm. Yes, there are ways around that. However, a drug, firearm or cruelty offense will be the trifecta to put them on the police radar. Since a drug bust could also lead to a cruelty charge and vice versa.
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:17 pm

Sparrow Castle wrote:Good to hear. Thanks for posting. This could help folks working in the child welfare system too. Still have work to do to make it useful...
but actually reporting to NIBRS is voluntary, so animal rights advocates must convince local law enforcement agencies to do so.
About time.
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