Animal Brutality

I read an article today about some children beating a KITTEN so badly that it had to be euthanized. A photo was shown of the poor little defenseless kitten, and it hurt my heart to see that.
The worse thing though, was the wickedness of the children who beat the kitten. Such cold hearted brutality in children isn’t normal. I hope the children’s parents are contacted and investigated for child abuse or child neglect. Children aren’t born violent, they are taught how to be violent. By the people in their lives.

What’s happened to the world? Children torturing animals, babies being murdered, it’s horrible. Horrible.

Animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people. Deviant behaviors such as animal abuse generally originate from a traumatic childhood. The American Psychiatric Association considers animal cruelty as one of the diagnostic criteria of conduct disorder. The fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) defines conduct disorder as “a repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others or major age appropriate societal norms or rules are violated.” Conduct disorder is found in those who abuse animals and abuse people.

Clinical evidence indicates that animal cruelty is one of the symptoms usually seen at the earliest stages of conduct disorder, often by the age of eight. This information has only recently been included in the DSM so some psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers are just now becoming aware of it.

Many psychological, sociological and criminology studies in recent decades have clearly shown that violent offenders have adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. The F.B.I. has analyzed the lives of serial killers and their findings suggest that most serial killers have killed or tortured animals as children. Further research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of more common forms of abuse such as: child abuse, spouse abuse and elder abuse.

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Allen Brantley was quoted as saying, “Animal cruelty is not a harmless venting of emotion in a healthy individual; This is a warning sign.” There are deep psychological issues that lead to violent crimes against people



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