Pets and Children in Violence 2002 In-service. Marie Suthers McCabe, DVM Extension Specialist, Human-Companion Animal Interaction Center for Animal Human Relationships VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Pets and Children in Violence2002 In-service
Marie Suthers McCabe, DVM
Human-Companion Animal Interaction
Center for Animal Human Relationships
VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
“Anyone who has accustomed himself (or herself) to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also to the idea of worthless human lives.”Albert Schweitzer, humanitarian
Freedom from terror is an essential
component of a healthy state and a
fundamental right in a free society.
Compelling evidence links people
with homicidal tendencies to
acts of severe animal abuse.
“While not everyone who abuses animals will become a serial killer, virtually every serial killer first abused animals…”Dr. Randall Lockwood, Vice President, The HSUS
Physical cruelty to animalsis listed as one of the earliest symptoms indicative of Conduct Disorder.
“One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it.”Anthropologist Margaret Mead
Curiosity or exploration
Attachment to an animal
Identification with the child’s abuser
Vehicle for emotional abuse
Animal Cruelty is one of a cluster of juvenile behaviors associated with increasingly violent behavior
“Animal cruelty is not a harmless venting of emotion in a healthy individual: this is a warning sign…”
FBI Supervisory Special
Agent Allen Brantley
Someone who severely mistreats an animal is likely to Abuse a child Beat a partner
POWER & CONTROL
Preying on the vulnerable
“The good news about human experience
is that we can cope with almost anything.
The bad news is that we will tolerate
almost anything” James Garbarino
In one study of 53 NJ pet-owning families involved with child abuse or neglect, researchers found that the use of veterinary services did not differ noticeably from acceptable standards.
In 60% of these families, pets were also abused or neglected.
The percentage (88%) was even higher when physical child abuse took place (in contrast to sexual abuse or neglect).
Of 23 British families who abused animals, 83% endangered their children also.
Minnesota, California, West Virginia, and Idaho are the only states that require veterinarians to report cases of animal cruelty. West Virginia and Idaho grant veterinarians immunity from liability and criminal prosecution.
In Colorado and California, veterinarians are mandated reporters of child abuse, but not for animal abuse.
Malnourished animal may lead to malnourished children or elders.
Warning sign of household that is not nurturing - or maybe that doesn’t have the resources to care for dependents.
“Social welfare officials and animal officials sometimes are working on the same case and don’t even know it.”
Become aware of the significance of the Human-Animal Bond.
Clarify and articulate your personal responsibility to both patients and clients.
Take reports of cruelty to animals seriously.
Do not be afraid to become involved.
Participate and take leadership in community coalitions against violence.
Community BasedMultidisciplinaryCollaborative Effort
SAFE PETS PROGRAMfor victims of domestic violence
Woman’s shelter does
not allow animals
you may be next
25% of women stay in in abusive relationships
to protect their pet from:
The Center for New Beginnings
Community Correction Center
Humane Society of Licking County
“Abusers are just aged victims”
San Francisco Child Abuse Council
Parents often obtain a pet
for their children because they feel
the pet will be good for them.Why?
Facilitate language acquisition
Enhance verbal skills
Critical importance of animals in the nursery
Classrooms- pets, art, dance, music, plants not seen past 3rd grade
Questions from the Surgeon General: