Animal Cruelty and Youth Violence Essay

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There are over seventy million cats and fifty-five million dogs in the United States, yet the number of reported cases of neglect, or abuse is severely lacking (Davidson 1).

Animal abuse is an ongoing dilemma in this country; recent studies have indicated child animal cruelty offenders often go on to pursue disturbing acts of criminal behavior. This nation simply does not have standardized legislation across the nation as a preventative method of dealing with this predicament. Many states treat animal abuse too leniently, and this is bad because youthful offenders often times will go on to perform criminal acts later in life, therefore anti-youth violence organizations and animal abuse prevention organizations need to join forces in
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For these states this is a wonderful advancement, however there are only a handful of states, which recognize this correlation.

Alabama: In the state of Alabama animal cruelty is considered a class C felony, which means cruelty in the first degree, will be considered a felony on the first offense (“State Law Provisions” 1).

Maine: The state of Maine animal cruelty is not a felony, but offenders must order psychological counseling if they are considered a juvenile, yet in Alabama offenders do not need to receive any type of counseling (“State Law Provisions” 4).

Hawaii: The state of Hawaii considers animal cruelty not to be a felony, but a misdemeanor, and poses only a possible maximum fine of two thousand dollars with no jail time (“State Law Provisions” 2).

Many states treat animal abuse too leniently, and this is bad because youthful offenders often times go on to perform criminal acts later in life; therefore, anti-youth violence organizations and animal abuse prevention organizations need to join forces in order to enhance existing laws.

Problem: Young animal abusers’ acts of abuse often arise out of anger, a need to control, or aggression, which are characteristics associated with adult criminal behavior.

Studies relating to Problem-

* Study on Animal Cruelty Motivations by Kellert and Felthouse, two researchers of interpersonal violence: One study addresses animal cruelty

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