FBI’s New Animal Cruelty Classification Program Begins Today

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Beginning today, the FBI will initiate a new program targeting animal abusers.  Cruelty cases will be categorized and tracked, with the aim of cracking down on abusers.

Back in 2014, we told you about the FBI’s plan to make it harder for animal abusers to continue committing such crimes with minimal punishment.  Animal abuse has previously been considered a lesser crime, but now it will be a Group A felony with its own category, the same way homicide and arson are listed.

“It will help get better sentences, sway juries and make for better plea bargains,” said Madeline Bernstein, president and CEO of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles and a former New York prosecutor.

The FBI will now be better able to keep statistics on where cruelty is occurring, how frequently, and if incidents are on the rise.  Youthful offenders will be identified to help them curb their behavior.

The FBI says law enforcement agencies will have to make reports of incidents under four categories:  simple or gross neglect; intentional abuse and torture; organized abuse, including dogfighting and cockfighting; and animal sexual abuse.

“The immediate benefit is it will be in front of law enforcement every month when they have to do their crime reports,” said John Thompson, interim executive director of the National Sheriffs’ Association who helped establish the new animal cruelty category. “That’s something we have never seen.”

Crimes will be tracked nationwide, and will hopefully ensure tougher sentences for abusers.

“Regardless of whether [or not] people care about how animals are treated, people — like legislators and judges — care about humans, and they can’t deny the data,” said Natasha Dolezal, director of the animal law program in the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Police agencies must now report all incidents and arrests.  The FBI will levy federal charges according to the offense – anything from fines to lengthy stays in prison.

446 thoughts on “FBI’s New Animal Cruelty Classification Program Begins Today”

  1. I believe in taking care on nature and all her beauty as well as her animals but can agree with the criminal charges being impose that of a felony especially when women can go out and kill another human in the womb and get away with it but a guy shoot a eagle or break a eagle’s egg it is a crime punishable but prison and $100,000.

    Please explain?????

  2. A great step forward to animal abuse if they enforce it. It is a know fact that people that abuse animals will abuse humans…..

  3. This is long overdue, and I pray that other countries like South Africa take heed and follow your example, as the Law enforcement officers rarely care about the animals as they have there hands full to try and control the creatures you call humans. God Bless you all.

  4. Yulin festival Feb 8 2016 Killing dogs and cats. Boiling dogs alive.barbaric heartless cruel. inhuman.Tiger farms’Fur farms,racoon dogs .pet dogs cats must be stopped.


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