Link between animal cruelty and human abuse: A review of the literature

June, 2014


Link between animal cruelty and human abuse: a review of the literature.

By Regan Jules-Maquet



“Animal abuse has become increasingly recognised as a serious crime, as well as an indicator of human-directed violence…The purpose of this article is to provide a brief overview of the literature on the link between animal cruelty and criminal behaviour, illustrating that dealing appropriately with animal cru- elty offences is a necessary part of addressing problem human behaviour. It is a specious argument that one must care either for humans or for animals, but not for both. As the literature in this article will show, the fates of both humans and animals are inextricably intertwined, and that this understanding should inform investigative, judicial and prosecutorial responses to such offences.”


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