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article imageOp-Ed: Kitten found dead and tortured

By Forstine Carter     Oct 14, 2011 in Crime
It's beyond me how anyone can intentionally be cruel to animals or hurt an animal. It displays such hatred, anger and evil and has been linked to many mental disorders.
According to KVOA Tuscon News, a kitten was brutally tortured and thrown from a moving vehicle. Pima County Sherrif's deputies say the dead kitten was found October 6 around 11:00 am. The kitten was about 2 months old. Police believe that adolescents are responsible and are very concerned because of the extreme violence associated with the torture of the animal.
Without a doubt, this poor defenseless kitten had been tortured some kind of terrible to cause the police such concern. Over the years it has been documented that animal abuse is strongly connected with domestic abuse and some psychological diseases. It's not normal to take away life from any living creature, human or non human and only displays a total disregard for God's creations.
A New Jersey study found that in 88 percent of families where there had been physical abuse of children, there were also records of animal abuse. In Wisconsin, battered women revealed that in four out of five cases, abusive partners had also been violent toward pets or livestock.
According to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Northeastern University, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse.
Many studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology during the last 25 years have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. The FBI has recognized the connection since the 1970s, when its analysis of the lives of serial killers suggested that most had killed or tortured animals as children. Other research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of more common forms of violence, including child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association considers animal cruelty one of the diagnostic criteria of conduct disorder.
To set it straight, abusing an animal is a way for a human to find power,joy,fulfillment through the torture of a victim they know cannot defend itself.
The line separating an animal abuser from someone capable of committing human abuse is much finer than most people care to consider. People abuse animals for the same reasons they abuse people. Some of them will stop with animals, but enough have been proven to continue on to commit violent crimes to people that it's worth paying attention to.
Before anyone can say that it was probably just kids fooling around or having fine, let me add, what's fun about taking life from anything that moves, breathes and lives or moreover that obviously can't defend itself and gave you no reason to hurt it.
Open your eyes, start paying attention, mental health in our youth is being neglected on a daily basis. If given the help that's needed, there just may be a chance that a child won't be the next Albert Fish, Ted Bundy or John Wayne Gacy.
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