MESSAGE FROM NORM
New Zealand has an unacceptable rate of family violence, and I’m stepping up to do something about it before it’s too late. So when I heard about research that linked family violence to animal abuse, I realised that the SPCA and I had something in common. It found case after case of violent offenders who started out abusing animals at a young age.
The SPCA’s annual ‘List of Shame’ has example after example of young
New Zealanders torturing and abusing animals. They could be our next generation of violent criminals. But just like abusing animals is a precursor to a life of violent crime, treating animals right can have the opposite effect.
It is proven that teaching children kindness and empathy towards animals, shows them how to treat each other the same way. And that’s exactly what I am going to do.
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RESEARCH THAT LINKS HUMAN AND ANIMAL ABUSE:
Many research studies have found
direct links between animal abuse
and family violence. Here are just a
few of them.
Study links animal abuse, home violence.
The Columbus Online Community.
Child, animal agencies link up to report maltreatment.
The New Zealand Herald.
Organisations promoting Humane Education:
For the promotion of Humane Education.
The Latham Foundation.