Violent acts against animals are considered recognized as indicators of a disease of the psyche that is not limited to animals. "anyone who has once accustomed to the life of any living being as unworthy of life, there is a risk that one day he also comes to the conclusion that human life is worthless, "wrote humanitarian Albert Schweitzer.
"Murderers ... their dubious careers often start as children to kill or torture animals," said Robert K. Ressler, the profiles of serial killers created for the FBI.
Studies have convinced sociologists, lawmakers and the courts that acts of cruelty against animals deserve our attention. It can be the first sign of a mental disease that does not stop from violence against humans too.
A long history of violence and animal abuse is not solely the result of a slight split personality of Tierquälers, but a symptom of a profound disturbance. The research in the field of psychology and criminology shows that people who commit violent acts against animals, do not stop there.
Many of them are expanding their deeds to affect humans.
The FBI has found that repeated acts of violence against animals is one of the features that are usually stored in their computers, accounts of serial rapist and murderers appear. And guidance for diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders lists cruelty to animals as a diagnostic criterion for conduct disorders.
(1)Studies have shown that violent and aggressive criminals are more likely to abuse animals and children as criminals those who are classified as non-aggressive. (2) A study of psychiatric patients who had repeatedly tortured dogs and cats, has shown that all of them also had high levels of aggression towards people, including one patient who had actually killed a boy. (3) For scientists, the outgoing of animal cruelty fascination draws a thread through the lives of serial rapists and killers. (4)
Notorious murderers: History books are full of examples: Patrick Sherrill, who killed 14 employees where he previously worked and then shot himself, was already known to have abused and killed, pets' and then release his own dog on them to to mutilate them. (5) Earl Kenneth Shriner, who raped a 7-year-old boy stabbed and mutilated, and was well known for having putting firecrackers in the anus of stray dogs. (6) Brenda Spencer, who killed a school teacher in San Diego with a semi-automatic rifle with a shot to the head of a teacher and the janitor and then injured nine others, had repeatedly tortured dogs and cats, in many cases by lighting their tails on fire. (7) Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler" who killed 13 women, began in his youth torturing and killing dogs and cats in crates and shot them with arrows. (8) Carroll Edward Cole, who for five of the 35 murders of which he was indicted, was executed, said that the first violent act was passed as a child was to strangle a puppy. (9) In 1987, three high school - students indicted in Missouri, killed a classmate. They were well known for the repeated cases of animal mutilations, they had begun years earlier. One of them admitted that he had already killed so many cats that he no longer could count them. (10) Two brothers who murdered their parents had previously told classmates they had decapitated a cat. (11) Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer the list is endless. Young people are sometimes sentenced to prison terms without parole.
Animal cruelty and family violence: Domestic abuse is directed more against the weaker animal and child abuse go hand in hand usually. Parents who ignore the needs of an animal or abused animals tend also to transfer this to their children.
In 88 percent of 57 families in New Jersey who were in treatment for child abuse, were also pets' had been abused. (12) Of 23 British families with cases of animal abuse, 83 percent of them were convicted of child abuse expert or at risk for neglect. (13) While animal abuse is an important sign of child abuse, it is not always a parent who is tormented by the animals. Children who abuse animals to repeat so often, what they have learned at home. Like their parents, they react with violence to anger and frustration. Their violence is directed against the only member of their family, which is even weaker than himself: a 'pet'. One expert said: "Children with a violent family background characterized by the fact that they often ..... - participate in battles against the weak - like a pecking order of chickens," during which they also mutilate animals or kill. It is a fact that is just family violence as a breeding ground for childhood cruelty to animals. interrupt the cycle of violence , it is "among psychologists consensus view is .... that animal cruelty is one of the clearest examples of the persistence of mental disorders from childhood to adulthood. This means that the significance of predictions of childhood animal cruelty is extensively documented, "says the Institute of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. (14) to dismiss schools, parents, local authorities and the courts, the animal cruelty as "minor" offenses, thus ignoring a time bomb. Instead, authorities and courts to punish society representative of the animal cruelty sharply to investigate the underlying families for further signs of violence and require intensive counseling for offenders. The authorities must recognize that abuse towards ANY living being is unacceptable and constitutes a danger to anyone. In addition, children should be taught to respect animals and to take care of them, in their own interest. After extensive studies of the link between animal and child abuse, two other experts concluded that: "The development of relationships in human society, marked by emotion and goodness, could be accelerated if we have a positive and lasting ethic between children and animals. "
(15)What you can do: - Apply pressure on your local school and judicial authorities to take cases of animal abuse seriously. The laws must speak for themselves, so that each is clear that violence against any sentient beings - whether human or animal - is not acceptable. - Keep eyes and ears open when it comes to neglect or abuse of animals or children.
Do you accept the testimony of children seriously if they report such cases?
Some children may not talk about their own abuse, but do so in relation to animals. - Do not ignore less important cases of cruelty to animals by children. Talk to the children and their parents. And if necessary, make contact with a social agency.