FBI Reclassifies Crimes of Animal Cruelty

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on January 24, 2015 · 0 comments

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The FBI has announced plans to reclassify animal cruelty in order to make it easier to track those who engage in violence against animals as young people.


Previously, animal abuse charges were filed under “other” along with many other, lesser crimes, making animal abusers difficult to track and count. The FBI hopes the reclassification will help sway juries and get better sentences and pleas, help identify repeat offenders, and give current animal abuse laws more power.


Starting this month, animal cruelty will be it’s own Class A felony with four different categories: simple or gross neglect, intentional abuse and torture, organized abuse such as dogfighting, and sexual abuse.


Officers say this will help identify potential serial killers by providing hard numbers on animal cruelty, although FBI databases will take time and money to update with the new changes. Law enforcement likely won’t have any usable data before 2016.


Currently, the FBI believes 70 percent of school and other mass shooters abused animals before committing violence against other people, but because of the previous classification of animal cruelty charges, they don’t have hard numbers.


In the state of California, animal cruelty is punishable by a felony charge, 16 to 3 years in prison, and fines of up to $20,000 per incident.


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