Κυριακή, 9 Αυγούστου 2009

Beyond Violence


The Link Between Violence Against Animals & Violence Against Humans

Beyond Violence is a project of Society & Animals Forum (formerly known as PSYETA) working in partnership with the Doris Day Animal Foundation

Animal abuse doesn't occur in isolation; rather, it takes place in a complex net of disturbed family relations. For example, animal abuse is frequently found in families where there also is child abuse and domestic violence. Children in these disturbed families who witness the abuse of family companion animals are more likely to abuse animals; in addition, children who commit animal cruelty are more likely to engage in criminal behavior as adults.
We also see a close link between domestic violence and animal abuse. In one national survey of women seeking shelter from domestic violence in safe houses, 83% of women with companion animals reported that their batterers had also hurt or threatened the family pet.

source: http://www.psyeta.org/beyond_violence.html




Violent acts toward animals have long been recognized as indicators of a dangerous psychopathy that does not confine itself to animals. “Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives,” wrote humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer. “Murderers … very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids,” according to Robert K. Ressler, who developed profiles of serial killers for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Studies have now convinced sociologists, lawmakers, and the courts that acts of cruelty toward animals deserve our attention. They can be the first sign of a violent pathology that includes human victims.

Animal abuse is not just the result of a minor personality flaw in the abuser but rather a symptom of a deep mental disturbance. Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty toward animals don’t stop there; many of them move on to their fellow humans.

source: http://www.helpinganimals.com/ga_humanAbuse.asp

Animal Cruelty and Family Violence

Researchers have found that a batterer’s first target is often an animal living in the home, the second—a spouse or child. Often, batterers are able to control their victims, such as a spouse, by threatening, torturing, and/or killing the victim’s animals.

Cruel to Animals, Cruel to Children

Because domestic abuse is directed toward the powerless, animal abuse and child abuse often go hand in hand. Parents who neglect an animal’s need for proper care or abuse animals may also abuse or neglect their own children.

While animal abuse is an important sign of child abuse, the parent isn’t always the one harming the animal. Children who abuse animals may be repeating a lesson learned at home; like their parents, they are reacting to anger or frustration with violence. Their violence is directed at the only individual in the family more vulnerable than themselves: an animal. One expert says, “Children in violent homes are characterized by ... frequently participating in pecking-order battering,” in which they may maim or kill an animal. Indeed, domestic violence is the most common background for childhood cruelty to animals.

source: http://www.helpinganimals.com/ga_abuseFamily.asp



Animal Abuse &Human Abuse:Partners in Crime

“ The link between animal abuse and more violent conduct
has clearly been established. The dismembered remains of
dogs and cats today could well be that of children tomorrow.”
—Humbolt County District Attorney Terry Farmer

More info from Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
http://petaliterature.com/WEL143.pdf



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