This year is a year to vote for president in the USA.
And in Missouri it is our primary vote today.
Yes I voted, no I will not say who I voted for.
I do want to point out you should research how the person you vote for feels about the things closest to your heart. For me that is animals. You see I want better laws to protect animals. I want the remaining states in the USA who allow bestiality (there are 7 ) to change their laws. Animal abuse became a felony in all the states, but how a judge punishes an abuse felony is important. Slap my hand and I'll do it again, throw me in jail and I might not, keep me in jail and I can not.
FBIAnimal Cruelty Category Added to NIBRS
01/01/2015 copied from:
Mollie Halpern: The FBI this year prepares to collect data on animal cruelty crimes through its National Incident-Based Reporting System, or NIBRS. I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau with FBI, This Week.
NIBRS is a collection of detailed crime statistics that law enforcement agencies from across the country provide to the FBI. Unit Chief Amy Blasher says the Bureau partnered with the National Sheriffs' Association and the Animal Welfare Institute to make the change...
Amy Blasher: They believe that animal cruelty was an early indicator of violent crime, and that’s really what led the discussions with our law enforcement partners throughout the country.
Halpern: The FBI will collect data on four types of animal abuse...
Blasher: Examples of which would be organized abuse, which would include dog fighting and cock fighting, and animal sexual abuse.
Halpern: Implementing the change is a year-long process.
Blasher: We do a lot of outreach to our partners so they understand the change and how they can ready their systems to collect the data. Halpern: Data collection will begin in 2016 and will be available to the public the following year.
THIS MIGHT BE A START TO A NATIONAL (USA) REGISTER FOR ANIMAL ABUSERS. I believe a list should be available to the public 24-7 (on line).
FBI to classify animal abusers in same category as murders beginning in 2016
The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced this week that animal abuse will be prosecuted as a "crime against society." The change in classification means animal abusers fall into a ‘Group A’ felony with arsonists and murderers. This change was announced by John Thompson at the National Sheriffs’ Association. FBI Investigation Director James Comey signed off on including animal cruelty offenses in the Uniform Crime Report. Local agencies will also track them to report to the FBI.
No longer will extremely violent crimes against animals be included in the “other offense” category simply because the victims were animals. Just as the FBI tracks hate crimes and other important categories, they will now have critical data on animal cruelty. The HSUS has been pushing for this change in policy for years, along with our affiliates, the Humane Society Legislative Fund and Doris Day Animal League.
According to the FBI, the official definition of animal cruelty will be:
"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 FBI will begin collecting information about animal abuse in 2016. Animal cruelty is currently labeled as "other", which has made it difficult to find, count and track incidents and perpetrators. Now that animal cruelty, including animal neglect, is included in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, there is a real incentive for law enforcement agencies to pay closer attention to such incidents. With accurate data, law enforcement agencies will also be better able to allocate officers and financial resources to handle these cases, track trends and deploy accordingly. The FBI's new categorization will greatly improve the way such crimes are tracked nationwide and likely will help animal cruelty laws across the United States.
Many studies reveal that children who torture or kill animals are likely to show violence towards people when they grow up. Re-classifying animal abuse will aid law enforcement and the FBI in quantifying and reporting incidents of animal abuse.
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Now that you have read all this..... What if your politician disagreed, did not consider animals, beings worth saving from abuse? Who you vote for is greatly important.... Who you vote for will continue with bills to protect animals or will dismiss them...
HOW WILL YOU VOTE!!??
I do not totally agree with this article: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse or animal neglect, is the human infliction of suffering or harm upon any non-human animal, for purposes other than self-defense or survival. More narrowly, it can be the causing of harm or suffering for specific gain, such as killing animals for food or for their fur; opinions differ about the extent of cruelty associated with a given method of slaughter. Cruelty to animals sometimes encompasses inflicting harm or suffering for personal amusement, as in zoosadism. Laws concerning animal cruelty are designed to prevent needless cruelty. Divergent approaches to such laws occur in different jurisdictions throughout the world. For example, some laws govern methods of killing animals for food, clothing, or other products, and other laws concern the keeping of animals for entertainment, education, research, or pets. Cruelty to animals is not the same thing as disrespect towards animals.
In broad terms, there are three conceptual approaches to the issue of cruelty to animals. The animal welfare position holds that there is nothing inherently wrong with using animals for human purposes, such as food, clothing, entertainment, and research, but that it should be done in a way that minimizes unnecessary pain and suffering, sometimes referred to as "humane" treatment. Utilitarian advocates argue from the position of costs and benefits and vary in their conclusions as to the allowable treatment of animals. Some utilitarians argue for a weaker approach which is closer to the animal welfare position, whereas others argue for a position that is similar to animal rights. Animal rights theorists criticize these positions, arguing that the words "unnecessary" and "humane" are subject to widely differing interpretations, and that animals have basic rights. They say that the only way to ensure protection for animals is to end their status as property and to ensure that they are never used as commodities.
I am an animal rights activist. I agree the only way to ensure protection for animals is to end their status as property and to ensure that they are never used as commodities.
WHAT DOES THE PERSON YOU VOTE FOR BELIEVE?? DO YOU KNOW??