Applaud Classification of Animal Cruelty as Top-Tier Felony

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Target: Director of the FBI, James B. Comey

Goal: Thank FBI for classifying animal cruelty in its own top-tier felony category

Studies have shown that those who torture and kill animals at a young age have shown a tendency to be violent when they become adults. However, animal cruelty is listed under the “other” category, and when the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has to file away such cases, it makes these cases difficult to track, count, and find. The FBI has now made animal abuse its own category, where it will be easier to prosecute abusive pet owners and stop the torture and killing of animals.

Animal abuse will be listed as a Group A felony, much like homicides and arson have their own category. Authorities have four categories to choose from when filing their reports: simple or gross neglect, intentional abuse and torture; organized abuse such as dog fighting, cockfighting, and animal sexual abuse. The FBI is hoping that such databases will help police and other investigators with prosecution, sway juries during trials, help stop child owners from abusing their pets, and aid in research studying the effects of animal abuse and violence. The new database will not be operational until January 2016, as the bureau has to distribute guidelines and manuals regarding this new change.

Serial killers such as Jeffery Dahmer impaled the heads of dogs, cats, and frogs on wooden sticks, and Albert DeSalvo captured dogs and cats in wooden boxes, where he killed them by shooting arrows inside. Plenty more serial killers have had histories of torturing and killing animals before they took the lives of humans. With this new database, it will help stop young pet owners from hurting their animals, and to give the police background regarding cases that involve adult killers.  Thank the FBI for classifying animal abuse in its own category, as this will help protect animals from demented human beings.


Dear Director James B. Comey,

Recently, the FBI classified animal abuse as its own felony category, thereby providing police better access to the histories of criminals and aiding in the prosecution of animal abusers. It will also prevent the abuse of animals from neglectful and violent pet owners. I hope that this new system will run smoothly and give help to young children who have begun abusing their animals.

I wish this system would roll out sooner, as there is a plethora of animal abusers in our nation. There are countless of videos and articles on the internet of pet owners abusing their animals; a cat placed in the microwave or set on fire, dogs being dismembered in a hotel room, and a squirrel being kicked to the bottom of the grand canyon. These sort of actions need to stop and I hope this new classification will streamline prosecution and dissuade people from hurting animals.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. The killing of any living being is murder and must be prosecuted as such.

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