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Why Do Abusers Batter Animals?

  • To demonstrate power and control over the family (13% people answered this)
  • To punish for leaving or showing independence (3% people answered this)
  • To enforce submission (6% people answered this)
  • To prevent the victim from leaving or coerce her to return (0% people answered this)
  • all of the above (75% people answered this)

29 people answered.


Correct answer is: all of the above

Sadly, victims of domestic violence often remain in dangerous or dysfunctional relationships to protect their pets. A study of women seeking temporary "safe haven" shelter showed that 71 percent of those having companion animals reported that their partners had threatened, hurt, or killed their animals. It is likewise well-documented that many more abuse victims never even go to a shelter because they fear for the safety of the pets they must leave behind. In recognition of this phenomenon, several states have passed laws that 1) empower judges to include pets in court-issued orders of protection; and/or 2) include the harm or threat of harm to animals in the state's legal definition of "domestic violence."


Abuse awareness through education STOP THE ABUSE! Education on the three types of abuse: *Unintentional - Most people who abuse animals don't do it on purpose. They hurt animals because they don't think about or realize what they are doing. *Intentional - The next biggest group of animal abusers does it on purpose, but only for a short period of time. For example, a group of kids may decide to throw rocks at a nest of baby birds they happened to see, or they may hurt a stray cat in their neighborhood. *Cruel Intention - This last group of people who hurt animals is the worst. These are people who intentionally hurt animals because they enjoy hurting others or because it makes them feel powerful. Also to provide a clear statement of an approach to animal rights that (1) promotes the abolition of animal exploitation and rejects the regulation of animal exploitation; (2) is based only on animal sentience and no other cognitive characteristic, (3) rejects all violence and promotes activism in the form of creative, non-violent education. Bottom Line... STOP ANIMAL ABUSE! Together we can make a difference with education and changes in the laws pertaining to abuse of animals. Donations go to 'The Power of What If' a 501 (3) (c) non-profit. That works with abuse issues of animals and people. Abuse is Abuse.

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