The link between animal abuse and human violence is very real and must be taken more seriously. The mass shooter who fatally shot 19 children and 2 teachers at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school had a history of animal abuse, and the Buffalo shooter had committed animal abuse before committing mass murder.
Animal abuse is a horrific crime on its own, but can also be an indicator to predict and prevent future violence. Animal abuse is also strongly linked with other forms of abuse, such as domestic violence and child abuse. A study even found that animal abusers are five times more likely to abuse people.
As news reports and undercover investigations reveal, animal abuse occurs with troubling regularity in the United States. No species of animal seems to be immune from this cruelty: from companion animals to circus animals to farmed animals, animal abuse is an increasingly concerning issue. Perhaps more concerning is how little protection and justice animals are afforded under the law. Very often, animal abuse is simply ignored by authorities.
Source: PBS NewsHour/Youtube
Currently, animal abuse is often treated as an infraction or low-level misdemeanor, typically punished by no more than a fine and probation. By classifying animal abuse as a violent crime and tracking and punishing it accordingly, we will protect both helpless animals and the people animal abusers are more likely to abuse. Sign this petition to demand Congress pass legislation to curb the escalation of violence by animal abusers.
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
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- Louisiana Banned The Sale of Cosmetics Tested on Animals. Demand All Other States Pass Similar Bans!
- Remove the Ban on Walking and Driving with Dogs in Tehran, Iran
- Call on Congress To Give EPA Authority to Regulate Emissions from Power Plants
- Demand the United States Do Something About the Millions that Are Being Murdered, Starved, and Dying of Dehydration in Yemen
- Call on the U.S. Government to List Monarch Butterflies Under the Endangered Species Act
- Save the Elephants and Make Sure the Ivory Ban is Never Lifted!
- Demand a Full Investigation Into Woman Who Was Raising Her Young Son in a Home Filled with Dead Dogs
- Superbug Cases Exploding and Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture Are to Blame
- Myanmar’s Military Junta Executed Four Leading Pro-Democracy Activists
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