This year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will begin collecting data on animal cruelty crimes throughout the USA to prevent animal abuse and help flag those who might become violent offenders.
This is a change in departure in how statistics are kept and used. In the past, animal cruelty was simply classified in an ‘other’ category.
The link between violent offenders and animal abuse is undeniable; animal welfare advocates have universally applauded the move.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand