June 13, 2010
Treating people like animals
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Cruelty to animals has been implicitly recognised as being a sign of behavioural problems in children for some time as it forms part of the diagnosis of conduct disorder, characterised somewhat glibly as ‘kiddie psychopathy’.
However, research has been slowly accumulating over the last few years that animal cruelty is related to lower levels of general empathy and is a signal that the person concerned may have abusive tendencies that extend towards other people.
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Now, regular readers know I have very little use for the Gooferment. That being stipulated, there is really ONLY ONE legitimate function.
Here’s a legitimate function and story about how it should be expanded due to scientific evidence behind it.
Animal cruelty appears to signal cruelty to humans.
So, after conviction on animal cruelty charges, there needs to be an investigation into any abuse of any human within their “reach”. As convicts, they need to be carefully “watched” for abuse. With zero tolerance for transgressions.
Like the famous fable of “the scorpion and the frog”, and the line “that’s what scorpions do”, these folks are abusers and need to be watched. Like pet rattlesnake, eventually a bite will occur.
There’s no excuse for not preventing abuse. And, everyone should be very sensitive and alert to the possibility.
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