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Help Pass Federal Legislation Against Animal Torture - Now

by Tomas DiFiore
Devin Patrick Kelley, responsible for the worst mass shooting in Texas history, was also charged with animal cruelty after reportedly beating his pet husky outside his mobile home in Colorado Springs. He also claimed to have bought dogs from Craigslist and use them for target practice. The FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) started collecting data from participating law enforcement agencies on animal cruelty, including neglect, abuse, and torture. This switch from summary to “granular” data will, give the FBI a reading of the link between animal cruelty and violence against humans.
US law only prohibits creating and distributing videos of animal torture — but not the torture itself. Only state cruelty laws apply, making it impossible to prosecute at a federal level or charge animal torturers if the location of the crime is unclear.

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2018 - A new bill could change that. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act would make it a federal crime to inflict animal torture or abuse everywhere that the federal government has jurisdiction.

Sign this petition urging House leaders Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi to strongly support the PACT Act to help stop the torture of animals, ensuring that those twisted individuals who maim innocent animals anywhere in the US may be caught and punished.

What kind of people torture pets and other animals?

On January 1, 2016, the FBI began including animal cruelty in its criminal database alongside felonies such as burglary, assault, and homicide. Previously, crimes involving animals were put under the “All Other Offenses” category within the FBI’s system.

However, numerous studies have revealed a strong correlation between animal cruelty and violence against humans, and the FBI, law enforcement agencies, and advocacy groups wanted to find out more.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, a study by the Chicago Police Department revealed that between the years 2001-2004, 65 percent of people arrested for animal cruelty had also been arrested for violence against other humans.

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