Reporting animal abuse

How to report animal abuse to the authorities

If you an across pages that depict animal neglect / cruelty on Facebook, do not report it to Facebook, as there is a big chance the video / picture will be removed. This is also precious evidence that can help authorities track down the people involved in this.

If you run across such material, the best way to deal with it is to report to INTERPOL. How do you report an incident to INTERPOL? Contact INTERPOL here:

Copy the URL (Link) of the page or person you want to report and paste it to INTERPOL’s page and ask them to check the link. Fill in your personal information; the subject of your message should be ‘Animal Abuse’ or ‘Graphic Content on Facebook’ (depending on each case).

Fill in the code (captcha) at the bottom of the page, to prove you are indeed human, and not a robot and press the ‘validate’ option Please make to complete the information and send them correctly. You will receive a thank you message for your contribution. Unless you receive this, you will be asked to start the procedure from the start.

Here is a sample statement to INTERPOL

Sample Statement

I have been witness to blatant animal neglect on Facebook at the following link: …

These images clearly establish blatant crimes against animals. After viewing the provided material, you will understand that this is indicative of unlawful acts against animals 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 for their actions. Thank you for your rapid attention to this urgent appeal.

Name ….

Other organizations to contact if you see animal neglect on Facebook:!Input.action

Major animal advocates

The Humane Society International (HSI)

This organization tackles problems such as inhumane practices and regulations that regard farm animals, illegal trade in wildlife, the safety of the endangered species and the destruction of marine mammals. It also opposes the use of animals for research purposes. HSI has teamed up with national and regional governments, with other humane societies and animal advocate groups in more than 35 countries in the world. They are working together to bring awareness and find a solution to the problems animals suffer from on a global scale.

The HSI has helped develop draft legislation, impose regulations and policies regarding animal welfare. It is a member of international bodies such as the International Whaling Commission, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and has been awarded Category I A General Consultative Status in the US. It has over 12 million active members and officers in the North and South America, Europe and Australia.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (or PETA) is currently the second biggest animal rights group in the world. Its headquarters are in Norfolk, Virgnia and is led by Ingrid Newkirk; the organization boasts over 300 employees and over three million members and supporters all over the world.

The organization was established in March 1980 by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco, a fellow animal lover. Its first major breakthrough came in 1981 after a heated debate about experiments which were carried out on 17 macaque monkeys at the Institute of Behavioral Research in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Nowadays, PETA is focusing on four major issues: it looks to fight against factory farming, fur farming, testing on animals and animals in entertainment facilities. PETA also makes the case against eating meat and opposes wild animals being kept as pets. Chaining backyard dogs, dog and bull fighting are among other issues PETA has campaigned against.

PETA’s signature is an aggressive campaign in the media, combined with powerful support coming for celebrities – Pamela Anderson, Drew Barrymore, Stella McCartney are just some of the big names that appeared in PETA campaigns. Most of the organization’s campaigns are targeted to big corporations. In addition, PETA also buys shares in target companies and try to force a change from the inside. The strategy has paid dividends: McDonald’s and Wendy’s have introduced veggie menus; Petco ceased to sell some exotic animals; Polo Ralph Lauren pledged not to use anymore fur and companies such as Avon, Estee Lauder and Tonka Toy promised to stop testing on animals.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

This is a charity that aims to promote animal welfare across England and Wales. It is the oldest animal organization in the world and one of the biggest charities in the United Kingdom.

The work of the charity has determined other people to set up similar groups across the world: in Scotland, New Zealand, United States and Canada, just to name a few countries.

The organization was founded in 1824 (without the "royal" prefix) and was the first animal charity to ever exist. It received a royal status in 1840 from Queen Victoria. The RSPCA began lobbying the Parliament in the nineteenth century and new laws were adopted: The Cruelty to Animals Act in 1835, the Cruelty to Animals Act in 1876 that controlled testing on animals and Sir George Greenwood’s Animal Protection Act in 1911. It also played a huge role in the new Animal Welfare Act, adopted by the British parliament in 2006.

Its main source of revenue are donations from the public. Its mission is to prevent cruelty, promote kindness and protect the animals. The RSPCA owns four animal hospitals and countless shelters throughout the UK that deal with rescued animals.

RSPCA inspectors are called to investigated cases of animal neglect. They are able to provide legal advice and help improve animal welfare and can bring a private prosecution against the people who caused an animal to suffer, under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
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