(Washington, D.C.) Since passage of the Animals Rights Act, thousands of court cases involving
animal-on-animal violence have been piling up, clogging the legal system and confounding legal experts.
Washington D.C. attorney Blair Witchell told ecoEnquirer, "I don't think anyone anticipated the level
of violence in the animal kingdom that we have seen since passage of the ARA. Some of these cases
involve, quite frankly, inhuman acts...sometimes even cannibalism within the same species."
Many of the animicide cases reported to the FBI will never be solved, as federal investigators
often arrive on the crime scene
only to find partially eaten bodies of animals, and little forensic evidence of
the identity of the perpetrator.
"We have been inundated by phone calls from citizens who find the bodies after the crime has
been committed", said Special Agent J. Edgar Grisham of the FBI. "Rarely are there eyewitnesses. Sometimes,
gangs of animals are involved in the incident...usually coyotes." Animal Equality for All spokesperson
Jimmy Locksmith expressed concern over racial profiling tactics used by the FBI, saying "Just because a
pack of coyotes is roaming around doesn't mean a crime is being committed."
Motives for the killings often appear to be related to hunger on the part of the attacker. The attacks
usually cross species lines, suggesting racial motivations are also involved in many of the incidents.
As a result of the widespread animicidal behavior, animal rights activists are calling for federal financial
assistance to provide food to starving animals. According to Greenpolice spokesperson Rainbow Treetower, "It is
becoming obvious that the best way to prevent much of this violence is to provide food assistance to these animals."
Ms. Treetower also suggested that humans are to blame for much of the violence, noting that mankind's
destruction of native habitats is putting undue stress on many animals, stress which is then often
expressed through violent acts.
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