“Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.”
—His Holiness The Dalai Lama
“Research shows that children who live with or witnesses abuse in the home are more likely to repeat the abuse as adults; creating a cycle of abuse.”
Until the past 20 years, the connection between violence against animals and violence against humans went unrecognized. Now a growing body of research has shown that people who abuse animals rarely stop there. It is also a reliable predictor of violence against people after a young abuser grows up.
Children learn about abuse by being its victim. They often fail to develop empathy, and without this key quality they cannot recognize their victims’ pain. When they begin to “act out” their abuse trauma, children first target animals. As adults, they find new victims among the most vulnerable–children, partners, and the elderly.
Consider the following facts: