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Abuse against animals is increasing dramatically and includes domestic, wild and captive (such as circuses and zoos). Very rarely are offenders, when found guilty, barred from keeping or being involved with animals. I ask that it becomes law that an Animal Abuse Register is brought into place and that all offenders are placed on this register. I also ask that offenders are barred from keeping or working with animals for a minimum period of 10 years if not lifelong. 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. Victor "Buddy" Amato, chief law enforcement officer for the Monmouth County SPCA said "People are taking animal cruelty more and more seriously. It’s a violent crime, and if it goes unchecked, it leads to bigger things." The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that animal abuse will now be prosecuted as a “crime against society”. And importantly, animal cruelty would be reported as a distinct category, meaning animal abusers fall into the same group as arsonists and murderers. Acts of cruelty to animals are not mere indications of a minor personality flaw in the abuser; they are symptomatic of a deep mental disturbance. Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals don’t stop there—many of them move on to their fellow humans. “Murderers … very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids,” says Robert K. Ressler, who developed profiles of serial killers for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).(1) Studies have shown that violent and aggressive criminals are more likely to have abused animals as children than criminals who are considered non-aggressive.(2) A survey of psychiatric patients who had repeatedly tortured dogs and cats found that all of them had high levels of aggression toward people as well.(3) According to a New South Wales newspaper, a police study in Australia revealed that “100 percent of sexual homicide offenders examined had a history of animal cruelty.”(4) To researchers, a fascination with cruelty to animals is a red flag in the backgrounds of serial killers and rapists Tracking Animal Cruelty: FBI Collecting Data on Crimes Against Animals Animal Abuse And Human Abuse: Partners In Crime This petition is asking that those found guilty of ANY abuse against animals are barred from ever keeping animals again and are placed on an Animal Abusers Register.