Should Cruelty Ever Be Legal?

Submitted by Barry Irwin, Esq.

FBI Director James Comey signed and approved the recommendations from the Criminal Justice Information Services Division, (CJIS) Advisory Policy Board’s June 2014 meeting.  It adds animal cruelty crimes to the Uniform Crime Report – National Incident Based Reporting System.

Animal Cruelty crimes will now be reported as a Group A offense to include simple/gross neglect; intentional abuse and torture; organized abuse; and animal sexual abuse.

[C.A.S.H. sadly notes that] This definition does not include proper maintenance of animals for show or sport; use of animals for food, lawful hunting, fishing or trapping.

They say: Today overwhelming scientific research has demonstrated the close relationship between animal cruelty crimes and other types of crimes, including interpersonal violence, property crimes, and drug offenses. Often it is a marker of a perpetrator with a higher tendency toward violence.

It’s not a crime because no laws have been passed to make it crime.  However, to those who follow such news reports, it’s abundantly clear that “lawful hunters” are implicated in the killing of humans to a degree that seems out of proportion to their numbers in the general population.

The latest example as we go to print is this one:

Don Spirit, who police say killed his daughter and his six grandchildren before committing suicide, served time a decade ago after he accidentally shot his son to death during a hunting trip.

C.A.S.H. Editor: One of the little victims was only 3 months old!


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