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Understanding the Inter-Relation between Animal Abuse and Human Aggression and Violence

Social Work Chronicle

Volume 10 Issue 1

Published: 2021
Author(s) Name: Tanu Girotra | Author(s) Affiliation: Health Care Professional and Animal Rights Activist
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Animal abuse is one expression of anti-social behaviour. Aggression and violence towards people in most cases begin with the abuse of animals. Animal abuse is associated with bullying, behavioural problems, experiences of abuse (emotional, physical, and sexual), and juvenile delinquency. The link between animal abuse and human behaviour needs considerable attention and it is critical for practitioners to be aware of the associations between cruelty to animals and human behaviour. A fascination with cruelty to animals is a red flag in the backgrounds of serial killers and rapists. Acts of animal abuse are symptomatic of a deep mental disturbance. Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty on animals do not stop there; many of them move on to their fellow humans. Animal abuse needs to be looked at as a significant indicator of human aggression and violence. People who abuse animals are more likely to engage in anti-social behaviours and commit violence against people. People who abuse animals tend to commit more crimes and engage in criminal activities. Anti-social behaviours like abusing animals usually originate from a traumatic childhood. According to Bratley, A., “Animal mercilessness is certainly not an innocuous venting feeling in a solid individual however this is a significant warning sign”. There are deep psychological issues that lead to violent crimes against people. We should surely address the link between animal cruelty and human aggression and violence to prevent and cure conduct disorders in children.

Keywords: Human Aggression, Distress, Animal Abuse, Human Violence, Cruelty

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