To the Federal Bureau of Investigation for amending the agency’s annual crime report to include crimes against animals.
Since 1929, the FBI has overseen the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program which provides reliable, current, and uniform crime statistics on a state and national level. Under the UCR Program, the FBI publishes annual statistics on the rates of violent crime and property crime. The UCR Program is a trusted source of information used by legislators, law enforcement and the general public to ascertain current trends in serious crime.
Until recently, the UCR Program has not included categorized information about violence towards animals. In September 2014, FBI director James Comey approved a resolution to include animal cruelty in categorized reporting data under the UCR Program. Furthermore, incidents of animal cruelty will be classified as a Group A offense alongside other serious offenses such as homicide and arson.
Take Action: Thank FBI Director Comey and his staff for amending the UCR Program to include statistics about animal cruelty.
Director James Comey
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