Torturing animals will now be classified as a Group A felony.
Animal abuse is not a new term in our society – it’s always been labeled as “other” when handled by the FBI. The bureau recently announced this month that it would make animal abuse a Group A felony, according to KGW News Portland.
After studying these crimes more in-depth and classifying them as a Group A felony, their hope is to see less brutal crimes against animals. Ultimately, they hope to work with these children and schedule them in with both the police and counselors in due time, preventing them from having long-term history within the court systems.
“The intermediate benefit is it will be in front of a law enforcement every month when they have to do their crime reports,” said John Thompson, interim executive director of the National Sheriff’s Association who worked to get the new animal cruelty category instituted. “That’s something we have never seen.”
None of this will come cheap. It will take both money and time to update the FBI and law enforcement databases nationwide. It will also mean updating the individual state manuals. Data will not begin being collected until January 2016.
It’s unfortunately too common that people torture animals. Statistics show that these young people are more prone to violence against people later on in their lives.
With the implementation of new laws and regulations, it is hopeful to root out pet abusers and wildlife poachers before their behavior continually develops in their lives, which will help in state prosecution proceedings.
If you know of anyone involved with animal cruelty, please contact your local law enforcement agency immediately.