Friday, 26 October 2012

Checking Violence to Animals

Following on from Rev. Prof. Andrew Linzey asking for a register of animal offenders, a book in partnership with the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics is arguing that animal cruelty crimes should be treated with the same seriousness as crimes against humans.

Those who carry out animal cruelty crimes are so often the same people who are violent to others including partners and children. The call is that animal cruelty should be treated according to its seriousness and similar to that to humans. To prevent one is also to prevent the other happening; Andrew Linzey has commented that to allow animal cruelty unchecked is to make human living more unsafe. Professor Eleonora Gullone, Associate Professor in Psychology at Monash University, Australia makes the argument in Animal Cruelty, Antisocial Behaviour, and Aggression: More Than A Link, published at the end of this month.

Her research areas include emotional development and regulation, the emotional development of children and adolescents, including empathy development, antisocial behaviour and animal cruelty. Professor Gullone has published more than 100 articles in internationally renowned journals.

Animal Cruelty, Antisocial Behaviour, and Aggression: More Than A Link is published on 31 October in the U.K. GBP 55.00 and 27 November in the US priced USD 85.00 by Palgrave Macmillan.

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