The FBI will start considering animal cruelty as a crime against society and a type A offence, FBI announced.
Animal cruelty will no longer be recorded as a general offence, it will be tracked as a separate offence in the same ranking as murder under the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report and it will include four categories: simple/gross neglect, intentional abuse and torture, organized abuse and animal sexual abuse.
“No longer will extremely violent cases be included in the “other offense” category simply because the victims were animals. Just as the FBI tracks hate crimes and other important categories, we will now have critical data on animal cruelty,” said Wayne Pacelle with the Humane Society of the United States.
Animal cruelty will be defined as: “Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly taking an action that mistreats or kills any animal without just cause, such as torturing, tormenting, mutilation, maiming, poisoning, or abandonment.
“Included are instances of duty to provide care, e.g., shelter, food, water, care if sick or injured; transporting or confining an animal in a manner likely to cause injury or death; causing an animal to fight with another; inflicting excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering, e.g., uses objects to beat or injure an animal.
“This definition does not include proper maintenance of animals for show or sport; use of animals for food, lawful hunting, fishing or trapping.”
The Uniform Crime Report will be changed next year and it will begin accepting data as of 2016.