“The importance of protecting animals from cruelty inflicted by people, who seem to disregard the fact that animals are sentient beings similar to humans, has been validated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), which has now added animal cruelty to its list of Class A felonies. As of the beginning of 2016, the FBI started logging cases of animal abuse in their Incident-Based Reporting System where it keeps records of other felonies, such as homicide and arson.
A big motivating factor behind the effort to track animal abusers is the link between animal cruelty and every type of violent and non-violent crime…
The switch in the FBI protocol will hopefully, in time, lessen the cruelty inflicted on animals in domestic and community settings, as well as identify and help conflicted and abused youth, but, this new categorization of animal cruelty does bring up some questions.
Will there be a time in the near future that judges and legislators start to recognize the importance of the well-being of animals, regardless of fact that animal abuse has become an indicator of potential for other crimes? Will they acknowledge the widespread animal cruelty on factory farms and in slaughterhouses, and that the corporations that authorize these crimes should be prohibited from continuing such practices?”