There are a lot of articles out there about animal cruelty which can make comparing definitions and thoughts hard but certain sources end up coming down to a same idea or thought process. In Animal Cruelty and Domestic Violence by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the main topic of the article is that there is a correlation between the abuse of animals and domestic violence within a family. The article suggests that people who abuse animals are likely abusive toward people, usually family members, or vice versa. It also talked about how sometimes children start to abuse animals. The articles reasoning behind why children abuse animals was that the child was probably abused in the past or is currently being abused. According to the publisher of this article, animal abuse is a visible sign of a family that is in trouble. A statement that further connects domestic violence and animal cruelty.
In the next article, Animal Cruelty Facts and Statistics published by the Humane Society of the United States, I also found that they too believe that there is a correlation between domestic violence and animal cruelty. The Humane Society specifically stated that “cruelty to animals is strongly correlated with other crimes, including violence against people”. The article went on to expand on the idea that the idea could go deeper and be an emotional/psychological problem expressed by people. Animal Hoarding, when someone has an abnormally high number of pets without being able to properly take care of them, was said to be an indicator of people who need help socially or mentally.
The Humane Society of the United States continued to include more reasoning and statistics than the first article. Statistics such as animal abusers tending to be men under the age of 30 and animal hoarders mostly being women over the age of 60. Also instead of just talking about the idea that there is a correlation between the two ideas, the Humane Society article specified which types of animals are being victimized because of domestic issues, these animals include: dogs, cats, horses, and livestock. Although there was no specific counterargument obviously presented in the articles, I believe that the Humane Society article is a more well focused and more informed source when it comes to knowing about this topic. I feel that there absolutely could be a connection between animal cruelty and domestic violence within a household. I will definitely be looking deeper into the idea while I continue in my research.
Animal Hoarding is a form of animal cruelty because the owner fails to provide proper care for their animals leaving them neglected.