Questions To Ask About Animal Abuse

Animals are located everywhere in the world from the wild to a family house pet. Every animal is treated based on what the animal is. A dog having more laws protecting them and a wildlife animal roaming freely with laws requiring people to pay for hunting. Researching and blogging about animal cruelty sparked so many questions into my mind. As I blogged about the link between animal abuse and human violence I wondered what is behind that? And when I researched Cecil the lion I wondered if all that big game hunting was beneficial or if it was a cover up to continue the sport? Or why hunting is important to us, do the endangered species affect us?

There is a psychological link between animal abuse and the abusers mental health. In a previous blog I was able to acquire some information about human violence having a strong link between animal abuse. I learned that they begin with harming animals and lead onto harming humans. I am interested into going into detail as to what psychological health issues are behind these links. Does it necessarily mean that someone is mentally unstable if they inflict abuse on animals. In my previous blog I was also able to note that many criminals had abused an animal or were involved in animal abuse prior to to their human violence.

Often children abuse animals and are not taking accountable because of their age but should be because it is not a personality flaw that a kid will overcome but can indicate a deep serious mental disturbance in the child or adult. According to People for Ethical Treatment of Animals said that “the standard diagnostic and treatment manual for psychiatric and emotional disorders lists cruelty to animals as a diagnostic criterion for conduct disorders.” Many seem to think that their child being rude to the animal is just because of age and just tell them to stop. They do not realize that any sort of animal abuse indicates something more serious than a joke. It is beyond that because they abuse animals out of a feeling of rush since they feel pleasure of feeling superior or dominant to the pet.

These people have personality disorders and lack sympathy towards feelings. They feel the need to feel in charge so they target an animal who is defenseless against them. The abuser feels no empathy when the animal cries for help or is in pain. These are early signs of a growing disorder that can lead the abuser to harm people to feel the rush they get when abusing animals. It is very common for people with psychological disorders to initiate with inflicting pain on animals for an adrenaline rush. According to People of Ethical Treatment of Animals they mention that some serial killers such as Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Richard Ramirez as well as countless other serial killers, murderers, and rapists all abused animals as children, and that behavior escalated into harming humans. These early signs of children abusing animals as a joke are not a stage or a flaw in their personality but rather a sign of a psychological disorder that needs to be addressed.

Another question I wonder is if animal hunting is essentially helping conservation and beneficial or just an excuse to kill animals as a sport. As of right now I know that animal hunting happens in many places here in America, in Africa and places with high numbers of animals. In America they kill animals such as deer. They say that the money hunters pay help the animals but is that true or just a lie. Trophy hunting which is knowing for hunting large exotic animals is common in Africa. The African lion is one of the most endangered species currently in Africa. According to African Conservancy, a decade ago there were 50,000 free roaming African lions and to this day there are roughly 10,000 to 15,000. The numbers have dropped because of people paying large amount of moneys to hunt these endangered animals. Along with that every time a hunter kills the dominant male of a pride it sets off a chain of instinctive behavior in which subsequent dominant male kills all the young of the previous dominant male which leads to six to eight more lion deaths from one lion killing. Along with African lions there has been a huge number of decrease in black rhinos through poaching which is illegal hunting. According to Africa Conservancy, there was 100,000 black Rhinos in the plains of Africa and there are now only 2,707 on the entire continent these animals are illegally hunted for the horns. The want for money or for sport fun is what is leading the numbers of endangered animals to drop to an all time low.

But people pay high money to hunt these species but where does the money really go? The money used is typically intended to be used for wildlife conservation such as in Africa. Such as for anti-poaching patrols, national parks operations and conservation programs that help local communities. Although these may seem it is happening it is not enforced because according to Earth Talk, “ HSI maintains that widespread corruption in some of Africa’s most sought after big game destinations means that money raised from trophy hunting in places like Tanzania and Zimbabwe is more likely used to line officials’ pockets than to help ailing wildlife populations.” this money is being used for officials rather than helping poor communities in Africa. There are nothing forcing anyone to show the money and how it divided.

So why is animal hunting important anyway? I am not affected because I do not live in Africa or do not pay big money to hunt a lion so what is it to me you may ask? This should be important because animal species are deteriorating. Because according to Endangered Species Internationally ”Biodiversity is the variety of life (its ecosystems, populations, species and genes). Saving endangered species (plants and animals) from becoming extinct and protecting their wild places is crucial for our health and the future of our children. As species are lost so too are our options for future discovery and advancement. The impacts of biodiversity loss include clearly into fewer new medicines, greater vulnerability to natural disasters and greater effects from global warming.” essentially looking at every aspect of animal abuse is essential for us.

I looked at the psychological impact of starting abuse with animals, whether animal hunting is beneficial and why we should grow to care about endangered species. All this connects to animal abuse and it may seem as if it does not connect directly to you but it certainly does indirectly. The well being of every specie on this planet assists our well being overall.


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