Animal abuse refers to a wide range of behaviors that may be harmful to animals which may include physical abuse, neglect, knowingly depriving an animal of food and water, shelter or veterinary care if in need. Abuse may also encompass maiming, mutilating, maliciously torturing or purposefully killing an animal.
Why be concerned...
We all know and realize that it is wrong to inflict harm or suffering on a living creature. The intentional pattern of cruelty may indicate an underlying psychological distress and and is often associated with domestic violence, as well as other forms of violence. Up to 30% of children who have witnessed domestic violence will act out similar forms of violence on their pets.
- Curiosity or exploration
- Peer pressure
- Mood enhancement
- Sexual gratification
- Forced abuse (by a more powerful individual)
- Identification with a known abuser
- Post traumatic play/ stress
- Imitative behavior
- Self injury
- Vehicle for emotional abuse
- To control an animal
- Retaliation against an animal
- Expressing aggression through an animal
- Enhancement of ones own aggression
- Shocking people for amusement
- Retaliation against other people