Earlier this month, Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced new legislation entitled the Tracking Animal Cruelty Crimes Act of 2007. The Act would require the FBI to add animal cruelty as a separate category to its crime data reporting system. Tracking these crimes would be a welcome reflection that animal cruelty is being taken more seriously. The bill was co-sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.), Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.).
More information is available from the Humane Society of the United States at this link and from the Humane Society Legislative Fund's blog at this link. Also, it would be remiss not to give a tip of the hat to the Horse.com where I first spotted this post on the Act.