Reporting Animal Abuse to The FBI and Interpol

If you witness abuse to children or animals in videos or pictures on Facebook or other internet sites, please do not report to site managers as they will not usually take any action to stop the abuse, nor assist police in inquiries, and valuable evidence would be lost.

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General advice

The FBI Is classifying animal abuse as a top-tier felony
[2 Oct 2014] Earlier this week The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that animal abuse will be prosecuted as a “crime against society,” making it a Group A felony equal to arson and murder in the eyes of the law.

The FBI will reportedly begin collecting information about animal abuse in January of 2016, taking the time to restructure internal systems and systems of reporting crimes.

Abuse an animal, and you’ll be considered among the ranks of murderers and cannibals.

The AP reports that The FBI will prosecute intentional abuse and torture, gross neglect, sexual abuse and organized abuse, which includes dog fights.

The policy change is an effort to prosecute more animal abusers, landing them in jail and setting an example. Animal abuse is not simply a minor crime.

How to report apparent animal abuse online
If you know where the abuser lives, report the incident/s to their local police station as local police often do investigate and take action against online crime.  Often that person will be involved in other crimes affecting his neighborhood.

If you do not know the location, instructions how to find an ISP are further on in this article under DNSstuff.

Report crimes to Interpol for crime committed outside of the US or The FBI for crime within the US.  Within the UK report to the Police and to the RSPCA.

Instructions for reporting animal cruelty and pedophiles on Facebook
1. Do not report to Facebook.
2. Send the URL for the picture or video you want to report.
3. Put your email address in the appropriate box, put “GRAPHIC VIOLENCE ON FACEBOOK [or other site]” in the subject box, and then paste the “URL” for the photo or video you wish to report – with a brief message to Interpol (see below for sample).  If possible, include some screenshots, which could be used as evidence.

Sample Statement
I have been witness to blatant animal cruelty (or child abuse) on Facebook at this link:

These images are extremely disturbing and clearly establish blatant crimes against animals (or children).

After viewing the provided material, you will understand that this is indicative of unlawful acts of animal cruelty (or child abuse) as established by the (Animal Welfare Act) and relevant local and international statutes.

I respectfully request that your resources be applied to remove this material and charge the perpetrators with relevant unlawful crimes.

Thank you for your rapid attention to this urgent appeal.


Reporting Internet Animal Abuse [HSUS Information]
The Internet can be a powerful medium for connecting us to information to combat animal cruelty, but it also can be a haven for animal abusers who celebrate and actively advertise their shocking crimes. The best way to stop this type of abuse is to immediately report it to the proper authorities and to refrain from contacting, visiting or forwarding links to the offending sites.

Why is it important to report suspected Internet animal cruelty?
Reporting any type of suspected animal cruelty may save animals’ lives as well as people’s lives. When animals are abused, people are also at risk. The link between animal abuse and other forms of societal violence is well-documented. It is critical to immediately report conduct on the Internet that you suspect may be — or that you know is — animal abuse.

If I see animal cruelty on the Internet, what should I do?
Immediately contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership between The FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, at

The website will direct you to the page where you can file your complaint. At first glance, it may appear that the website will only consider complaints of Internet monetary fraud. However, IC3 is the proper venue for all Internet crimes, including animal abuse.

IC3 can best process your complaint if the information you provide is as detailed and complete as possible. This includes providing the complete URL [website address] for the website that displayed the suspected animal cruelty.

Even if you are located outside the United States, IC3 will review your report as long as the suspected abuser is located in the United States.

What happens after I file a report with the IC3?

IC3 will email your report ID and password to you, along with a link to an area on the IC3 website where you can view your report and enter any additional information.

Upon receipt of your report, IC3 will carefully evaluate it and refer it to the appropriate federal, state, local or international law enforcement or regulatory agencies. Every report that is referred is sent to one or more law enforcement or regulatory agencies that have jurisdiction over the matter. At that point, the report may be assigned to an investigator. IC3 cannot guarantee that your complaint will be investigated.

What else can I do?
As abusive content often violates the user agreement that the creator of the website has signed with the Internet Service Provider (ISP), notifying the ISP about the abusive content may result in the website being removed from the Internet.

To make a report to the ISP, you need to determine who hosts the website. Go to and enter the website URL in the “Whois Lookup” search box and click search. Scroll down the results page until you find the numerical Internet Protocol (IP) address assigned to the website.

Go to American Registry for Internet Numbers and enter that IP address in the “Search WHOIS” box and click search.

The search results page will provide information on the ISP that hosts the website. The page also might display information about how to report abuse. If it does not, go to and find the complete contact information for the ISP on the list. All of this information should also be included in your FBI complaint form, where possible.

If you believe an animal is in immediate harm, and if the location is known, contact local police and your local FBI branch office as soon as possible. To find your local FBI branch, visit

How does the law currently handle Internet animal cruelty?
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.

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).

Filing a Complaint with the IC3

The IC3 accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the actual victim or from a third party to the complainant. We can best process your complaint if we receive accurate and complete information from you. Therefore, we request that you provide the following information when filing a complaint:

  • Your name
  • Your mailing address
  • Your telephone number
  • The name, address, telephone number, and Web address, if available, of the individual or organization you believe defrauded you.
  • Specific details on how, why, and when you believe you were defrauded.
  • Any other relevant information you believe is necessary to support your complaint.

Reporting animal cruelty outside the USA

If the crime is not within the US, it should be reported to INTERPOL. You must include as much information as you can including links to the offending material, names, locations, etc. [More information on Interpol further on in this article.]

The submission page for crime tips for INTERPOL

Reporting animal cruelty within the USA
The FBI investigates all forms of cybercrime and reports can be submitted at FBI Cybercrime Investigations Report

You would follow these instructions to report a US based crime, even if you are not a resident of the US or are not located within the 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

A US based animal cruelty website ought to be reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, also known as IC3.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)

At the time of writing, there is no category for animal abuse, so choose a category and explain the situation in the 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 live streaming video, and you know the location of the offending party, include reporting to the local police and the possible offender’s local FBI branch as listed here



Animal Legal Defence Fund

PETA People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
To report an animal in imminent danger

Check for any specific laws protecting certain species here

Wildlife Crime
Traffic – the wildlife trade monitoring network
Email –

WildLeaks secure whistleblower site for wildlife and forest crime

*Kruger National Park Emergency Hotline 013 735 4325 / 013 735 0197 or 076 801 9679.
* Counter poaching hotline: 0800 205 005
* Crime line: SMS 32211 or call 08600 10111
* Customer Care: Email – or call 012 426 5017

It has come to our attention that there are Websites and Social Media Platforms that are not SANParks official sites that are advocating that incidents in Kruger National Park be reported to them and not to SANParks directly. We therefore request that SANParks be considered as the main contact for reporting incidents. SANParks has other official Social Media platforms apart from Facebook that can be used to report sightings and Incidents as follows:

Twitter Handle – SANParksKNP
Instagram Username – SANParksKNP
(Lesley Nyawoill)

Cleaning Up the Internet
With sites like Myspace and Youtube, please immediately bring any offensive videos to PETA’s attention by emailing us at

We require a direct link to the video and to the poster’s web page. Do not post angry comments, and do not complain to the social-networking or video-sharing site about the video, as it might remove the video before PETA has the opportunity to investigate.

As a precaution, please download the video and save the web page/user profile so that PETA can be sure to view both. After our investigation, we will petition the site to remove the video and delete the user’s account.

In cases involving commercial gore and pornography based websites carrying videos of animal abuse for shock purposes, your response will be different. Find the contact address for the website, and identify the website’s internet service provider (ISP). DNSstuff can help you do both.

Using this site to find contact information for a website is easy. Use the “WHOIS Lookup” option (on the left side of the DNSstuff home page) to perform a search using the domain name. The domain name for PETA’s website, for example, is “” Again, don’t complain directly to the offending site, as this could encourage the site owner. Instead, report it to the appropriate FBI office at

DNSstuff also makes it easy to find information about the offending website’s Internet service provider (ISP).  First, use the “ping” tool on DNSstuff’s home page to find the IP (Internet Protocol) address for the website; all you have to do is enter the domain name!

Then, enter the IP address into DNSstuff’s “IPWHOIS Lookup” search field, and you’ll get the ISP information! In addition to contacting the ISP representatives directly and explaining to them why the site and/or the offensive files should be removed, ISP information should also be included in your FBI complaint.

The internet is rife with websites and webpages depicting cruelty to animals. Some sources are educational, depicting the cruel behind-the-scenes reality of industries that thrive on animal exploitation and abuse. Other sources are merely depicting cruelty for shock value. Often, these sites will also carry videos and images that are gory and/or pornographic in nature.

These websites are counting on you to be upset by what you see, inadvertently bringing them more traffic – and consequently more advertising dollars – with your complaints to friends, family, and coworkers. The site owners thrive on your angry messages, often posting them for their sympathetic audiences to enjoy.

Social-networking sites like Myspace and media-sharing sites like Youtube allow users to create their own webpages (in the case of Myspace) and to post blogs, photos, videos, and music. Some people abuse this service by posting videos depicting crimes against animals. Many abusers have been brought to justice after flaunting these crimes online. With your help, abusers can continue to be put behind bars.

Important notes on how and where to report animal cruelty
The Internet delivers an astounding array of images and ideas into homes across the world – but not all of these images are particularly animal-friendly. In the United States, individuals have the constitutional right to free speech, which includes the right to discuss and advocate for animal abuse in public forums like the Internet.

Unfortunately, some of what is being shown online crosses into the realm of illegal activity. Rest assured, animal cruelty is a crime in every state—if people go beyond discussion and actually practice what they preach, they can be prosecuted for animal cruelty under their local laws.

What is a hoax?
While some online images of animal cruelty are, sadly, all too real, many websites that appear, at first glance, to promote animal cruelty are hoaxes. Of course, websites that are disturbing or disgusting are not breaking the law if no animals are actually being harmed. While you can certainly express your opposition to these sites to the companies that host them, be aware that their content can be protected by the First Amendment.

Remember, hoaxes and parodies on the Internet, no matter how offensive, are exempt from cruelty laws.

Where to report
Find out who is responsible for investigating and enforcing the anti-cruelty codes in your town, county and/or state. These people typically work for your local humane organization, animal control agency, taxpayer-funded animal shelter or police precinct.

If you run into trouble finding the correct agency to contact, you should call or visit your local police department and ask for their help in enforcing the law. If your local police department is unable to assist, ask your local shelter or animal control agency for advice.

Reporting online cruelty
This applies to any abuse seen on the internet worldwide, on any site.  Do not protest to Facebook, Youtube, Google, blogging platforms such as WordPress or any other website to “shut down or remove” animal abuse sites, videos or pictures. As none of these sites report animal abuse to law enforcement agencies. The reason for this is that they may shut down the pages or sites, leaving no avenue for the people to be located and arrested and prosecuted, or for the animals to be located and saved.

The main things you must NOT do:

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.

Do not flag the website for removal from a public site
Wherever this is, whether it is on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Youtube, Google or others, as that may cause deletion of the pictures or videos, and consequently loss of evidence needed to build a case against the offender.

Do not share the information with others
Other may act in either of the above ways which will lead to loss of necessary evidence. Sharing the website may also increase traffic to the website in question which may support or excite the offender, or even scare him off.

Do not create an online petition
For the same reasons as listed above.

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.

Silent Witness
Silent Witness is a non-profit program created to give citizens the opportunity to assist law enforcement in solving crimes. Citizens remain completely anonymous and are paid cash rewards of up to $1,000 when the information they provide leads to an arrest or indictment.

Established in 1979, Silent Witness works in partnership with the community, media and law enforcement, and is a member of both Crime Stoppers USA and Crime Stoppers International

Facebook page on animal cruelty for advice or other

Report animal cruelty taking place in a pet store
For concerns about animal cruelty in pet stores, please contact the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Contact its HQ at (301) 734-7833.

Visit or email The USDA will direct you to the appropriate regional department to which you will be asked to submit your complaint in writing.

Report cruelty by an animal breeder
For concerns about an animal breeder, please contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). You can contact its HQ on (301) 734-7833. Visit or email The USDA will direct you to the appropriate regional department to which you will be asked to submit your complaint in writing.

The HSUS has established a $5,000 reward program for anyone providing information which leads to the arrest and conviction of animal cruelty in puppy mill operations. All information will be confidential. Please call 1-877-MILL-TIP

Report dog fighting activity (Please note it is now a federal crime to attend a dog fight)

Help stop dog fighting

Report animal hoarding

Report acts of cruelty and sexual abuse of animals

Report illegal hunting
Information on hunts, shoots, gamekeepers, where hunts are meeting, places, dates etc., people you suspect of being involved in bloodsports, anybody seen digging for badgers or foxes

Report poachers in national parks
To the National Parks and Conservation Association on 1-800-628-7275

Report items made from seal products (fur, meat or oil)

Coalition Against the Fur Trade

Report wildlife crimes and poaching

Reporting Violations/Poaching

To report poaching in progress or dangerous wildlife complaints call 1-800-628-7275
To report non-emergency poaching violations or dangerous wildlife complaints call 1-877-933-9847

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Plants Worldwide
Animals without appropriate shelter and either impounding affected animals or issuing citations for violations
If you see an animal at risk call PCAPS on 309-672-2440

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, call the cruelty line on 0300 1234 999

League Against Cruel Sports UK Wildlife Crime Reporting Form

Wildlife Crimewatch Line 01483 361 108
Information specifically needed:
– Meet cards for hunts
– Advance warning of any cub (autumn) hunt meets
– Information on individuals who are part of groups/gangs who commit cruelty to animals in the name of sport
– Information on people who attend, organise or travel to hare coursing events
Any information on when and where such events are going to take place

Animal cruelty internationally – how you can help 
WSPA World Society Protection of Animals

Tactical Team For The Protection of Animals (All Animals T.T.P.A.)

It can be very frustrating to be aware of animal welfare issues that don’t seem to be being addressed, but feel helpless to do anything about them.  All is not lost, here are a few things to consider that may help you decide whether something needs to be done, and who by.

Firstly, is another animal welfare organisation working on this issue, but perhaps elsewhere?  Sometimes there is a knock-on effect where a successful project in one locality can be replicated in others.  Even the world’s biggest animal welfare organisations cannot address every issue there is, and have to focus where they can effect the greatest change.  We would recommend supporting their efforts, even if they haven’t reached your locality yet.

Are there local organisations working on other animal welfare issues, or on animal welfare generally?  Sometimes it is more effective to take a general approach to animal welfare by addressing some of the larger or more widely-spread issues thus establishing an interest among the local community and the authorities in improving animal welfare.  This might not solve the problem you see right in front of right now, but it might be necessary to achieve this before being able to address the issue you’re concerned about at all.  We would recommend supporting your local animal welfare groups.

Who has the power to change things?  Sometimes the issue you are concerned about is illegal or contrary to local cultural values.  Even if it is not, you may still wish to object.  We would recommend reporting your concerns to the relevant local authority.  Please remember to be polite and concise, to refer to the animal welfare concern directly.  Justify your objection with scientific reasoning and propose an effective and ethical alternative or solution. There are many helpful links on the Welcome page of this blog site.

How do I access resources to back me up?  There are plenty of resources to support all kinds of animal welfare concern and we would encourage you to reference animal welfare successes in other areas, reports from animal welfare organisations and recommend animal welfare guides where appropriate.  You can find these by contacting relevant animal welfare organisations or visiting websites that contain expert advice.

International Companion Animal Management Coalition
For resources relating to stray dog population management in several different languages

World Animal Net Useful Links
Contains listings of over 17,000 animal welfare (and related) societies in more than 170 countries

WSPA search animal welfare organisations
Review animal welfare standards worldwide using the Animal Protection Index

To report bogus charities and internet fraud scams in the UK

9 thoughts on “Reporting Animal Abuse to The FBI and Interpol”

  1. Your Association is very updated….YOU are a gift to the world. Abused elephants (the magestic elephant) thanks for anything you can do to spare them of being abused… Raju of India, severely now.
    Please write in Favor of Casey, in Sarasota ? she needs to be free and no more abused by handler Hugo Liebel….thanks for your help.

  2. Thank you. Facebook is absolutely useless when trying to report animal abuse… it’s almost as if they enjoy having it there. They’d rather have children find photos and videos of animals being abused than be accused of impeding on the “free speech” of the abusers.

    1. That, simply, is not the truth. I’m a crossposter to rescue animals from around the world, on Facebook. Thousands of people are trying to save and/or rescue animals on Facebook. They are compassionate, empathetic, goal orientated people, driven to help sheltered, bred, dog fighting, abused, hurt, and trophy hunted animals. There are absolute brilliant rescuers, veterinarians, life saving people and groups that eat, sleep, and breath the saving of animals.

      1. Thank you for your comment. Yes, that’s very true. There are many in animal rescue who would give their last cent, and do. Though I believe we must wake up to the fact that there are many who work in animal rights for gain and other wrong reasons. I would like to help make people aware that there is a great deal of corruption going on right in our midst, including on social media. That has been stepped up in recent months and Facebook is not the place it was. Hunters, factory farmers, shelter profiteers and killers and etc., professional trolls and haters and those who hate because that’s what they choose to do with their time, are all busy making trouble and muddying the waters, to stop real changes being made. We need to wake up and take the necessary actions to deal with these people so we can help the animals despite interference. I believe ignoring them will only make things worse, as they are not going to go away. The simple fact is there is far too much money in SIXTY BILLION ANIMALS being slaughtered every year on land and ONE TRILLION sea animals. If we do not wake up to the reality of what is happening, it will be too late and many more will be gone! For example, some people are still buying the pesticides that kill bees or they wouldn’t be selling it! And the list goes on, and on, and on…..

  3. por favor hagan algo por eliminar esta pagina , anteriormente tenian otra pagina llamada selección natural la cerraron pero abrieron otra con otro nombre, ellos publican videos de los animales que matan.
    Please do something to eliminate this product , previously they had another page called natural selection closed but opened another with another name, they publish videos of the animals they kill

  4. I realize the FBI is cracking down now on cases of animal cruelty. This should include the torturing and abuse of our wildlife and farm animals as well. I hope and pray the FBI will investigate ALL animal abuse cases. Animals have feelings just like us and too many are suffering all over the world. More and more awareness is being made due to social media etc and people are outraged that nothing is being done on many of the local government levels. The more people who speak up for animals and report any and all abuse perhaps we can stop it. It’s their world too.

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