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Kudos to Rep Kavanagh for taking a stand to protect the animals! The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.
There is a growing body of research, which over the last twenty years, has firmly established a significant link between domestic violence and animal abuse. A Chicago Police Department study showed that 65% of people charged with animal abuse crimes were also charged with violent crimes against people. Five different studies determined that from 48.8% to 71% of battered women reported that their pets had been threatened, harmed, or killed by their partners. In a national survey of battered women’s shelters, 85% of the shelters surveyed affirmed that women seeking shelter at safe houses reported incidents of pet abuse.
Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of neglect and cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. 5 months ago