Monday, June 11, 2012
Do School Bullies abuse animals too?
In 2005 there was a study that correlated bullying, and human and animal abuse. The research involved over 500 children and indicated that bullies were twice as likely to abuse animals than their non bully peers. As a former prosecutor of domestic violence and animal abuse cases, there is also a known correlation to those who abuse animals. It is wildly accepted that those who abuse animals will abuse their partner, and children.
Many times they will abuse other family members too. Child bullies have a strong possibility that they too will grow into adult abusers, abusing animals and loved ones. Because many states recognize this problem, judges presiding over Domestic Violence cases will include no contact orders for not only the victims but for the families pet. It is also a known fact that those who abuse animals have a lack or no empathy at all. Empathy plays a significant role in animal abuse and bullying. Sociopaths are documented to have a lack empathy. . They have no remorse for their victims and feel no pain or sadness. This allows the sociopath to continue their victimization's without a care in the world.
As a prosecutor for the State of Florida, I had a passion for prosecuting animal cruelty cases. Animals are innocent beings. They represent one of the most helpless. They depend on their master or owner to supply food, shelter, water and medical care. If an owner does not provide these necessities, the law in Florida, for example will charge animal neglect which is a misdemeanor. Then there is the physical abuse of any animal whether domesticated or wild. "A person who unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates, or kills any animal, or causes the same to be done, or carries in or upon any vehicle, or otherwise, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner, is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or both.
A person who intentionally commits an act to any animal which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, is guilty of a felony of the third degree, with not more than a $10.000 fine Please note that these laws are typical of most state laws. The law I am citing is from the State of Vermont.
1. Information gathered from Peta
2.Vermonth and Florida Law