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Jun 4, 2010

To report animal cruelty on the internet

*Immediately contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, at 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.

*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


*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.
To do that, go to, 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 (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 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


How does the law currently handle Internet animal cruelty?

(The info below may need updates)

*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).


Dealing with You Tube - instructions 

- flag the video (a few times with all reasons which fit to it, you need yt account))

- send message to the person who added the video (youtube in contact form asks if you did this and explains that it's the easiest way to get the video removed - just ask the owner for it then if you get refusal add it to the report)

- use the contact form:

chossing this option: Abuse Issues: For any abuse issues on the site, please contact us through the Abuse and Policy Center.

- send email to youtube editor:,

- send email to other people from youtube to let them know that youtube doesn't reply your alert:,

- send fax/letter/call youtube

YouTube, LLC
901 Cherry Ave.
San Bruno, CA 94066
Phone: +1 650-253-0000
Fax: +1 650-253-0001

 - at profile you can report photo (at the bottom of profile details) and background - it's a button at the bottom of a profile


Report wildlife trade on the web

live endangered animal species/products/parts


If you find a product at e-bay report it to e-bay immediately - however, as YT, e-bay don't respect his own policy - therefore more action is needed:


report to:


CITES Environment Investigations Unit:


Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, MS-LE-3000, Arlinton, Virginia, USA 22203 or: the main place to report illegal wildlife can be found at:

EIA Environment Investigation Agency
62/63 Upper Street
London N1 0NY
Tel: +44 (0)20 7354 7960
Fax: +44 (0)20 7354 7961
Email ukinfo[at]

PO Box 53343
Washington DC 20009
Tel: +1 202 483 6621
Fax: +1 202 986 8626
Email usinfo[at]


UK only (and uk sites):

Operarion CHARM London, UK:
The police need the help of the people of London to stop the illegal trade in endangered species and you can help us.
If you see anything that appears to be made from an endangered species on sale, please report it to the Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit. This could be a traditional Chinese medicine product or any other item made from an endangered species, but remember, the law controls trade, not possession, so the product has to be on sale or being kept, or advertised for sale.
Please help us to stop the illegal trade in endangered species. Send a report!

if you see endangered species products for sale, or if you know of anybody involved in crimes against endangered species or any other wildlife, please call the Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit on 020 7230 8898, or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

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Saturday June 12, 2010, 7:06 pm
I have recently heard of a situation where the fish and wildlife chose to ignore their mission statement to protect widlife. A dredging company off the coast of Texas has plans to flood out a colony of terns in order to continue dredging a shipping canal, and the USFWS gave them the okay. The dredging company could wait and do it later but it is not convenient for them. How can I report this?

Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 9:51 am
GREAT information and I will put this on facebook too and will keep this on my hard drive plus back-up! I am só grateful to fight at your side DEAR Joanna!

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