The Voiceless Dog to the Silenced Human: Congress Incentivizing States to Report Data on the Nation’s Unprioritized Crime

Jan, 2018, The University of the Pacific Law Review

Psychological studies demonstrate a clear link between animal abuse and human violence. Children and adults who are exposed to, or partake in, animal abuse “become desensitized to violence and [lose] the ability to empathize with victims.” When animal abusers go unpunished and continue to abuse animals, they become fully desensitized and often begin to seek a more escalated thrill by committing larger crimes, including crimes against humans.

Currently, no comprehensive, national data on animal cruelty offenses exists, although the “vast majority of states indicat[ed] that collecting animal cruelty data would be useful.” Animal abusers are likely to continue harming animals after they are convicted, largely due to the fact that when caught in one state, they will simply cross state lines to adopt animals and continue the abuse in a different state. If Congress took a more aggressive approach and provided animal shelters and pounds with comprehensive, national data, such adoption agencies would be equipped to run background checks and be better able to stop out-of-state animal abusers.  To read entire article click here.

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