This anti-animal cruelty and fighting initiative is designed to provide prosecutors and their criminal justice partners with the training and resources necessary to raise awareness to the connection between domestic violence, children exposed to violence, elder abuse and gangs to animal abuse. The initiative will accomplish this goal through three objectives:
By identifying precursor crimes, such as animal cruelty or animal fighting, and ensuring adequate adjudication of such cases, our criminal justice system may stem the development of more serious violent crime and violent offenders. Animal abuse is typically not an isolated incident. It is often linked to child abuse, domestic violence, and the development of anti-social aggressive behavior. Animal fighting is also linked to other forms of crime such as drug trafficking, illegal gambling, gang violence, and other forms of interpersonal violence.
Lex CanisLex Canis is the Animal Cruelty and Fighting Quarterly Newsletter from the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA).
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BJA is working with the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) to provide training and technical assistance to prosecutors, law enforcement, and other stakeholders through a national conference, webinars, a quarterly newsletter (Lex Canis), and various resources.
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA): Animal Abuse Prosecution Project
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
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Building an Anti-Animal Cruelty Campaign: "Show Your Soft Side" WebinarJune 29, 2012This one-hour training highlighted the Baltimore Mayor's Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission and its "Show Your Soft Side" campaign. Presenters discussed how a community can address public safety concerns by forming an anti-animal abuse committee with limited resources and provided advice on how to launch an ad or PSA campaign to promote the work of a local anti-cruelty Task Force and increase public knowledge of the issue.
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