Animal Cruelty is Now a Felony in All 50 States
Animal Abuse is a very disturbing part of our society. Statistics show how this kind of violence is detrimental to the well being of society as a whole. Psychologists have long linked those who abuse animals with deeper more sinister crimes.
FBI making animal cruelty a top tier felonyWith the FBI making animal cruelty a top tier felony will help root out those abusers before their behavior worsens and gives a boost to prosecutors. For years, the FBI has filed animal abuse under the label "other" along with a variety of lesser crimes, making cruelty hard to find, hard to count, and hart to track. It has designated animal cruelty a Group A felony with its own category--the same way crimes like homicide, arson and assault are listed.
Society as whole has yet to embrace the importance of criminalizing animal abuse.Society as whole has yet to embrace the importance of criminalizing animal abuse. The more mental health professionals learn about what makes up the mentality and personality of an animal abuser, the more important it is to know who is capable of such evil acts. Tennessee became the first state to publicly post an animal abuse registry this year (2016), and animal advocates hope other states will soon follow. Tennessee's registry includes the names, photos, birth dates and home addresses of the people who have been convicted of animal abuse. People on the registry will not be able to adopt animals from the shelter. Unfortunately, at this time the registry is empty since it can only include people convicted after January 1, 2016.