FBI to Track Animal Cruelty Crimes
Currently, police report violent crimes like murder, rape, and some property crimes to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. At the beginning of next year, animal cruelty crimes will be added to the national incident-based reporting system.
Crimes to be tracked include simple or gross neglect, intentional abuse and torture, dog fighting, cock fighting, and sexual abuse of animals.
Lawmakers and law enforcers are hoping to track the crimes in order to better understand the nature of the crimes and the people who perpetrate them. The first step is to understand the number of incidences and the frequency in which they happen nationwide.
The Humane Society of the Unites States, along with other animal welfare groups, have been pushing for this policy change for years. It is their hope that it will lead to the creation of more effective laws and ultimately, a reduction in crimes committed against animals.
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