How to Report Animal Cruelty
- If you witness or even suspect a case of animal abuse, PLEASE do NOT look away!
- Do not hesitate to call your POLICE and/or the ANIMAL POLICE immediately!
- You can do this anonymously, but …PLEASE DO IT!
For cases you have seen on the Internet, please refer to the instructions and links belowThe proper method of reporting Internet animal cruelty, abuse, and crimes. Will work for offensive Facebook pages as well as
any other website on the Internet.The main things you must NOT do:1. DO NOT CONTACT THE WEBSITE OWNER. While it may be mildly therapeutic to tell them what you think of them and their actions, you will be alerting them to their discovery and they may remove the offensive information.
2. DO NOT FLAG THE WEBSITE FOR REMOVAL FROM A PUBLIC SITE such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, or others, as that may permanently delete evidence needed to build a case against the offender.
3. DO NOT SHARE the information with others, because they may act in either of the above ways which will defeat your purpose. Sharing the website may also increase traffic to the website in question which may support the offender or excite the offender.
4. DO NOT CREATE AN ONLINE PETITION for the same reasons as listed above.
Now you must collect your evidence . . . .
Collect as much information as possible. If you are lacking some of the information listed below, you should still share the
information that you do have, and a link to the website with the appropriate reporting agency.
- Download as much of the information from the website, IE photos, videos, etc. as you can and save them.
- Print out copies of the offending pages.
- Be sure to have as much personal information on the person running the website as possible including, but not limited to, the name, contact information, and location.
- Try to determine if the offender is within the United States or elsewhere.
- Try to determine the offender’s ISP address.
You can do this at http://www.dnsstuff.com/.
Instructions for using dnsstuff are here: http://www.peta.org/action/get-active-online/cruelty-on-the-internet.aspx .
US at the time of the discovery.To report an animal cruelty or abuse crime that takes place within the United States, report the incident to the FBI. You must include as
much information as you can including links to the offending material, names, locations, etc. The submission page for crime tips for the
FBI is https://tips.fbi.gov/ .You should also report a US based animal cruelty website to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, also known as IC3. To file a complaint,
go to this page http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx There is no category for animal abuse, so choose a category and explain the situation in their notes. As much information as possible
should be included in the report including links to the offending website.Other resources for reporting Internet animal abuse, especially if you believe an animal to be in danger at the current time IE livestreaming
video, and you know the location of the offending party, include reporting to the local police and the possible offender’s local FBI branch
which can be determined here… http://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field
the offending material, names, locations, etc. The submission page for crime tips for
INTERPOL is http://www.interpol.int/public/contact.asp For animal cruelty within the UK, The RSPCA ( Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ) has a 24 hour hotline available for
such incidents. From within the UK, you can call the cruelty line at 0300 1234 999 .
Here are some websites with additional information regarding the reporting of online animal abuse and cruelty:http://www.americanhumane.org/about-us/newsroom/fact-sheets/internet-animal-abuse.htmlhttp://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/online-cruelty.html
The following is interesting information from the American Humane Website that defines what animal related actions are considered to
be illegal over the Internet:
“Because communications through the Internet have the ability to cross state lines, the Internet is largely governed by federal law.
Improving the federal laws as they pertain to Internet animal abuse is critical. Currently, only a few federal laws address the issue directly:
The Crush Act (P.L.106-152) penalizes the display of acts of cruelty and sexual abuse of animals that is intended for interstate commerce.
If convicted, offenders may receive up to five years in prison or a large fine. Two criteria must be met before this statute applies: 1) actual
abuse must occur and 2) the website in question must intend to sell the images across state lines. In other words, a website may legally
display images of animal cruelty and sexual abuse under this law as long as it is not charging visitors for access or otherwise selling the
images. In 2005, the first conviction under this statute occurred in a federal district court in Virginia. (It has come to my attention that this
Act has been nullified by our supreme court.
Please read more at http://vetrescue.blogspot.com/2010/10/crush-videos-silent-but-deadly.html .)
The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act (P.L. 110-27) strengthens the ability of law enforcement to combat animal fighting by
providing felony penalties for interstate commerce, import and export related to animal fighting activities, including commerce in
cockfighting weapons. Each violation of this federal law is punishable by up to three years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine for perpetrators.
Internet Hunting: The Computer-Assisted Remote Hunting Act (H.R. 2711/S. 2422) is a pending federal bill introduced by Rep. Brad
Sherman (D-CA) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). It seeks to prohibit knowingly making available a “computer-assisted remote hunt”
(using a computer or other device, equipment or software to control the aiming and discharge of a weapon to hunt).”
REPORTING made easy!
the website of “stopcrush.org” has direct links to INTERPOL, the FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS and INTERNET WATCH
please follow this link