Karmen Koleiro
Karmen Koleiro campaign leader

ACTION MALTA ! fully supports Making a Link Study.The following is a detailed report taken from the following article. To see full report plz go to link.



The 'Making The Link' study - a study to identify psychological effects of children regularly exposed to community animal abuse and evaluation of efficacy of interventions - has shown some very serious and worrying changes on the psychological health of the children of these lands.

The 'Making The Link' study is, in fact, a study to explore the impact of uncontrolled numbers of free roaming animals in Eastern Europe on the human and societal domains. No previous study has ever been conducted in such environments.

The Research Program was conducted by Malcolm Plant as Initial Investigative PhD Study at the University of Teesside, UK. It was supervised by Professor Paul van Schaik, Professor Anna van Wersch and Professor Giorgious Antonopoulos (School of Social Sciences and Law, University of Teesside, UK), with the external Expert Support from Professor Philip Tedeschi, Executive Director at the Institute for Human Animal Connection, University of Denver, USA.

It is not a quantum leap of imagination to suggest that constant exposure to abuse must have an impact upon any individual who witnesses it, and the children of the lands, where this issue is ill-addressed, see stray animals being victims of the most horrible acts of brutality such as poisoning, stabbing, shooting, hanging, drowning, beating and even burning them to death - sometimes on a daily basis.

A pilot study conducted in Bistrita, Romania, with a control group in Berlin, Germany, in 2012-2013, has shown that animal abuse connects directly with children's psychological health and on societal security in those environments where strategic controls are not applied, and where animal welfare laws exist but are rarely reinforced, and which furnishes licence for animal abuse without repercussions, and thus provides the potential to increase violence and abuse against person and property within these societies.

Many studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology during the last 25 years have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. The FBI has recognized the connection since the 1970s, when its analysis of the lives of serial killers suggested that most had killed or tortured animals as children. Other research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of more common forms of violence, including child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse.

I believe that this very serious impact on the psychological health of the children of these lands constitutes a violation of their (EU) Children Rights.


None - and I mean NONE - of the most affected EU-Member countries has made any serious efforts to curb the stray animal population by implementing neutering campaigns, and/or by informing their citizens about the importance to spay and neuter their animals and/or not to let them roam freely and mate as they wish.

Instead, they try - year in, year out - to clean the streets from unwanted animals.

With an estimated 100 million free roaming dogs (owned and strays) and probably twice as many stray cats, the growing stray animals issue does not only appear to be out of control but, as seen in the 'Making The Link' Study, has also serious ramifications for the health of children across a number of countries.

No! This is no longer about animals alone. This is about the quality of life, and the future of children, people, and the entire societies of the countries that we are talking of here.

And, yes! This issue IS transnational... ie across almost ALL EU Member Countries (Reference: Treaty of Lisbon, Principle of Subsidiarity and Proportionality).

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