24 Jun '11, 11pm

Animal abuse - the critical connection

THE animal welfare forum held over last weekend was a good first step towards raising awareness of animal cruelty and welfare issues in Singapore. While focusing on animal welfare issues in isolation, the forum may have overlooked a pertinent yet critical point - the strong association between animal cruelty and human violence. This has serious implications for the effective development of animal welfare policies and practices going forward. Over the past 40 years, there have been numerous research studies showing the connection between animal abuse and human violence. This connection was first documented in the 1970s when the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation found that many serial killers had tortured or killed animals when they were children. A 1997 study by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Northeastern University quanti...

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