Animal Cruelty and Human Violence Essay

2075 Words Aug 15th, 2006 9 Pages
Animal Cruelty and Human Violence Too often we hear "boys will boys" or "it's just a dumb animal" but cruelty to animals, more specifically the torturing of animals, is far from just an innocent and careless incident; it's a sign of something far more serious. In fact, some of America's most notorious serial killers had a history of cruelty to animals in their childhood. Children who engage in animal cruelty are more likely to commit more violent acts as adults. There is also a strong link between abuse of animals and domestic violence, with animal abusers much more likely to batter their wives or girlfriends as well. Animal cruelty is a very broad term and encompasses a wide range of behaviors harmful to any animal, domestic or wild, …show more content…
cats or dogs, with dogs being the most common targets; Abused animals were usually owned, and were not strays; Animal cruelty suspects were almost always young males ; Minors prosecuted for animal cruelty were more likely to have abused cats and adults prosecuted for animal cruelty were more likely to have abused dogs; Animal abuse was as likely to follow other crimes as it was to precede them. Based on the FBI's finding that many serial killers tortured and killed animals before murdering humans, people typically assume that any individual who hurts an animal gradually progresses to hurting people. This theory, however, can not be backed by any evidence and experts caution against relying on this "graduation assumption". One of the reasons to not rely on this assumption is that not all children who deliberately hurt animals grow up to harm other people. In fact, in actuality only the smallest fraction of people who are cruel to animals become mass murderers or serial killers. Thus, people who are found to be cruel to animals do not necessarily graduate to victimizing humans ; no "cause-and-effect" relationship has been proven. However, current research has indicated that people who are violent, generally are more likely to be violent to all creatures, both humans and nonhuman animals. Because

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