If you live in Pennsylvania I would encourage you to support H.B. 2007 introduced by Rep. Joseph A. Petrarca (D-Dist.55). The bill would require that incidents of child and animal abuse be cross reported to the appropriate authorities. The sharing of this information between agencies would help identify possible suspects in both types of cases.
Studies have shown a direct correlation between animal abuse and child abuse, not to mention that the abuse of animals has been tied to numerous serial killers, David Berkowitz, Jeffery Dahmer, and Ted Bundy among them. It is a no brainer that early detection of these abusers is a benefit for a civilized society.
With incidents of child and animal abuse on the rise, this legislation would be an important first step in protecting the weakest among us.