The link between animal abuse and violence towards people is supported by studies,which have shown that:
- 100% of sexual homicide offenders examined had a history of cruelty towards animals.1
- 70% of all animal abusers have committed at least one other criminal offense and almost 40% have committed violent crimes against people.2
- 63.3% of men who had committed crimes of aggression admitted to cruelty to animals.3
- 48% of rapists and 30% of child molesters reported committing animal abuse during childhood or adolescence.4
- 36% of assaultive women reported cruelty to animals while 0% of nonassaultive women did.5
- 25% of violent, incarcerated men reported higher rates of “substantial cruelty to animals” in childhood than a comparison group of non-incarcerated men (0%).6
- Men who abused animals were five times more likely to have been arrested for violence towards humans, four times more likely to have committed property crimes, and three times more likely to have records for drug and disorderly conduct offenses.7
1 Animal Abuse and Human Abuse: Partners in Crime, at http://www.helpinganimals.com/Factsheet/files/FactsheetDisplay.asp?ID=18.
2 The Animal Abuse-Human Violence Link, at http://www.paws.org/help/report/connection.php.
3 Animal Abuse and Violent Offending, at http://www.ncjrs.gov/html/ojjdp/ jjbul2001_9_2/page4.html.
7 Randour, What We Know About the Link, Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence.