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Session in Ann Arbor aimed at counseling animal abusers

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Session in Ann Arbor aimed at counseling animal abusers

Kenneth Shapiro, one of the leaders of the session at Ann Arbor, says his group has trained counselors in 22 states.

ANN ARBOR -- A half-dozen therapists gathered at the University of Michigan's School of Social Work Thursday for a training program aimed at equipping them with the skills to counsel…

Dog-fighting laws make communities safer

Escrito por By Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.).

Dog-fighting laws make communities safer



Laws that target animal cruelty work. And by doing so, they lessen crime.

Since my Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act was signed into law in 2007, 11 of 12 magazines that promote dog fighting have ceased publication. According to the Humane Society of the United States, sales of animal-fighting paraphernalia have fallen by 50 percent.…

RSPCA annual report

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RSPCA annual report
The 2011 annual report from the Prosecutions Department of Great Britain’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reveals some intriguing findings concerning the incidence and type of animal abuse perpetrated by youths. According to figures, 46 juveniles – mostly males aged 15 to 17 – were involved in cruelty cases. Only 24% of them expressed remorse for their actions. One half of the defendants had prior convictions for a variety of serious offenses including assault, robbery and arson. Only two had prior convictions for crimes involving animals.
Most offenses were for physical abuse rather than neglect. Some cases were especially savage: a pregnant sheep stabbed to death with a pitchfork, a pregnant hedgehog beaten to death with a bicycle chain, and ducks stoned to death. Most of the offenses occurred in group settings, rather than individually, due to group pressure and fear of alienation. Most incidents occurred in urban areas and during the warmer months. Crimes fueled by alcohol abuse were described as being particularly horrific.
The RSPCA noted an optimistic finding: many of the offenses were reported to the RSPCA by the youths’ peers using their mobile phones. “After collecting mostly somber statistics for this research, it was refreshing to see a lot of young people who understand that animal cruelty cannot be tolerated and are willing to stand up for animals,” the report noted.
In 2011, the RSPCA received 159,759 complaints about animal welfare, of which 2,018 were prosecuted. 1,341 defendants, including 24 juvenile offenders, were convicted and 74 received prison sentences.
The RSPCA has a cross‐reporting program with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. RSPCA Senior Prosecutions Case Manager Phil Wilson tells The LINK‐Letter that social services and NSPCC agents reported 600 cases to the RSPCA in 2008, the last year for which figures are available, and that RSPCA inspectors reported 46 report of suspected child maltreatment to social services in 2011, a figure which may not include all such reports due to computer errors.
 The 2011 annual report from the Prosecutions Department of Great Britain’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reveals some intriguing findings concerning the incidence and type of animal abuse perpetrated by youths.…

Recent state legislation that seeks to enact animal abuser registries

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Recent state legislation that seeks to enact animal abuser registries

 

Suffolk County, New York, established the first animal abuser registry in October 2010 and set a precedent for other New York counties and legislation in other states.  The animal abuser registries are similar to those required for sex offenders.  Any person convicted of an animal abuse crime in his or her respective state would be required to supply the registry with information such as name, address, and a photo.

Recent abhorrent crimes and abuses against companion animals have sparked an awareness of these crimes and led to the introduction of new animal abuser registry bills in several states, often inspired by a specific violent crime. In Maryland, Senator Young introduced “Heidi’s Bill” after he heard the story of a golden retriever puppy shot to death as she played in her owner’s backyard. In Florida, Senator Fasano introduced “Dexter’s Law” after a kitten was severely beaten in a park and subsequently euthanized due to the amount of head trauma he suffered.…

How are serial animal killers investigated?

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How are serial animal killers investigated?

Dozens of swans have been slaughtered around the UK this year, a serial cat killer is on the loose in Norfolk, and over the past three decades hundreds of horses have been mutilated. But how is serial animal violence investigated, asks Tom de Castella.…

Animals’ DNA Helps Catch Their Abusers

Escrito por NY Times.

Animals’ DNA Helps Catch Their Abusers

Photographs by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Scruffy the cat, whose whiskers and eyebrows were singed in a 2008 attack that burned the rest of his body so badly that he had to be euthanized.

Scruffy’s DNA was harvested in 2008 from a sample of burnt…

Conferencias CRINVE 2011

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Conferencias CRINVE 2011
It is with such an immense satisfaction, after a year, that we are so pleased to present the second edition of the International Congress of the High School of Science in Criminology - CRINVE 2011 entitled "The Community Victim. Land and Security ".…

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE LINK

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INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE LINKProceedings of the National Link Coalition Roundtable

Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver

June 10-11, 2010

Denver, Colorado



While much of the Link work to date has taken place in the U.S., the movement is gaining traction in other nations as well. Participants at the National Link Coalition Roundtable were introduced to some of the developments affecting The Link in the global arena.

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Resurgence of Animal ‘Crush’ Videos Reinforces Need for Federal Depiction of Animal Cruelty Law

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Resurgence of Animal ‘Crush’ Videos Reinforces Need for Federal Depiction of Animal Cruelty Law

September 15, 2009

 

Small animals like kittens, puppies, rabbits, and mice get crushed to death in "crush videos." With the U.S. Supreme Court set to consider the constitutionality of a federal anti-animal cruelty law on Oct. 6, The Humane Society of the United States revealed the results of a new investigation showing a recent resurgence in the same horrific animal "crush" videos that sparked the law's passage a decade ago, now once again widely available on the Internet as enforcement efforts have been hindered…

New Link Research

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New Link Research

While acts of violence against humans and other animals share commonalities, and animal abuse may serve as a sentinel for current or future violence against people, the popular and professional acceptance of such strong connections requires greater scrutiny, according to a new critique.…