Target: FBI Director James B. Comey
Goal: Applaud move to make tracking and analyzing animal cruelty cases more effective
FBI Director James B. Comey recently approved a major change in policy when it comes to recording animal cruelty cases. Now the FBI will put animal cruelty and animal neglect offenses in their own category in the agency’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, a system used to collect data on specific crimes for tracking and trend analysis. Wayne Pacelle, the President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, noted that previously animal cruelty crimes were included in a miscellaneous category, rendering identifying and analyzing national and local trends nearly impossible.
Now local agencies and the FBI will pour all their animal-related crime statistics into one category, forcing law enforcement agencies and officials to treat animal cruelty as a serious crime in its own right. In addition, law enforcement agencies will be able to make informed decisions about allocating the necessary resources to handle animal cruelty cases. The Humane Society, along with its partners in the Humane Society Legislative Fund and the Doris Day Animal League, has been advocating for a national animal abuse crime registry for years, and hopes that this huge victory leads to a crackdown on animal neglect and abuse cases. Supporters also point out that since people who abuse animals often go on to abuse family members or other people, this move could help to prevent domestic violence.
By signing this petition, you are thanking FBI Director James Comey for acknowledging that animal abuse crimes are a crime in their own right.
Dear Director Comey,
Alongside the Humane Society, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, and the Doris Day Animal League, I am celebrating your recent approval of the addition of an animal cruelty crimes category in the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. I hope that this decision sends a message to abusers and law enforcement officials alike that animal abuse will no longer be treated as a miscellaneous offense in the eyes of the FBI.
Thank you for changing the way that animal abuse crimes are categorized in the UCR system. This important shift in documentation will allow for more comprehensive analyses of animal abuse trends nationwide and help bring more attention to these crimes. Hopefully tracking these cases will help law enforcement agencies to put away more animal abusers before they perpetrate further heinous crimes involving animals or people.
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