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      WHERE TO REPORT INTERNET ANIMAL ABUSE/CRUELTY/CRIMES:

      If you see websites depicting animal abuse, it must be reported
      immediately. Please don't contact the website owners; contact the
      authorities with the appropriate links and relevant material. I have
      written a brief introductory letter to use as needed for the
      authorities and the site providers (it is important to remember that
      the companies that host the sites will STILL have access to the
      information on their individual servers). Please review and keep the
      following information:

      WEBSITES FOR REPORTING:

      US-based crimes (complaint can originate from any country, though):
      http://www.ic3.gov/ http://www.ic3.gov/
      http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/reporting.htm%c2%a0

        Internationally-based crimes (can include US depending on your
        residence):
        https://tips.fbi.gov/ https://tips.fbi.gov/
        http://www.interpol.int/public/mail/mail3.asp?id=info%c2%a0
        http://www.interpol.int/public/mail/mail3.asp?id=info
       
        TO GET WEBSITE DISABLED (as taken from below):
       
        Because 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.
       
        1. To do that, go to http://www.domaintools.com/
        http://www.domaintools.com/, enter the website URL in the “Whois
        Lookup” search box and click on the search button.
       
        2. Scroll down the results page until you find the numerical
        Internet Protocol (IP) address assigned to the website.
       
        3. Then go to http://www.arin.net/%c2%a0http://www.arin.net/%c2%a0(American
        Registry for Internet Numbers) and enter that IP address in the
        “Search WHOIS” box and click on the search button.
       
        4. The search results page will provide information about the ISP
        that hosts the website. The page also might display information
        about how to report abuse.
       
        5. If it does not, go to
        *http://www.search.org/programs/hightech/isp/%c2%a0      
        http://www.search.org/programs/hightech/isp/*
        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 locate your local FBI branch, visit
        http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm%c2%a0
        http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm  .

      You can also visit PETA's site and follow the steps provided there
      to complain about a website (the result will be the same as above
      but via different route):
      http://www.peta.org/actioncenter/onlinecruelty.asp%c2%a0
      http://www.peta.org/actioncenter/onlinecruelty.asp  
      BACKGROUND:

      http://www.americanhumane.org/about-us/newsroom/fact-sheets/internet-animal-abuse.html%c2%a0
      http://www.americanhumane.org/about-us/newsroom/fact-sheets/internet-animal-abuse.html

      Tips for Reporting Internet Animal Abuse
      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. That is why 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?
      partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime
      Center, at http://www.ic3.gov/%c2%a0http://www.ic3.gov/. 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
      * 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?

      * Because 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
      * To make a report to the ISP, you need to determine who hosts the
      website. To do that, go to http://www.domaintools.com/%c2%a0
      http://www.domaintools.com/, enter the website URL in the “Whois
      Lookup” search box and click on the search button. Scroll down the
      results page until you find the numerical Internet Protocol (IP)
      address assigned to the website. Then go to http://www.arin.net/%c2%a0
      http://www.arin.net/> (American Registry for Internet Numbers) and
      enter that IP address in the “Search WHOIS” box and click on the
      search button. The search results page will provide information
      about the ISP that hosts the website. The page also might display
      information about how to report abuse. If it does not, go to
      www.search.org/programs/hi 
      http://www.search.org/programs/hightech/isp%c2%a0and 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 locate your local FBI branch, visit
      http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm%c2%a0
      http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm.

      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).

      Additional US site:
      http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/reporting.htm%c2%a0
      http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/reporting.htm

      Regarding International Law and Reporting International sites:
      http://www.animallaw.info/treaties/itceceets125.htm%c2%a0
      http://www.animallaw.info/treaties/itceceets125.htm
      https://tips.fbi.gov/%c2%a0https://tips.fbi.gov/
      http://www.interpol.int/public/mail/mail3.asp?id=info%c2%a0
      http://www.interpol.int/public/mail/mail3.asp?id=info

      The following are the sample letters to use for reporting. The first
      letter is to the relevant agency, whether IC3 or Interpol, etc. The
      second is for reporting the site to the internet site provider.

      SAMPLE INTRODUCTORY LETTER TO REPORT INTERNET CRUELTY:
      To Whom It May Concern:

      I have been notified of a particular website that depicts violent
      acts of animal cruelty. These images are extremely disturbing and
      clearly establish blatant and vicious crimes against animals; once
      you review the provided material, you will understand this is
      demonstrative of unlawful acts of animal cruelty as established by
      respectfully request that your resources be applied to investigating
      and prosecuting these perpetrators and disbanding the website.

      Thank you for your time and attention.


      SAMPLE INTRODUCTORY LETTER TO REPORT INTERNET SITE:
      RE: (C/P Internet site address in this space)

      I have been notified of the above website that depicts violent acts
      of animal cruelty. These images are extremely disturbing and clearly
      establish blatant and vicious crimes against animals; once you view
      the provided material, you will understand this is demonstrative of
      Act and relevant local and international statutes. I respectfully
      request that your resources be applied to remove this material
      and/or disbanding the website.
      Thank you for your time and attention.




       
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