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    Sad Pets Used As Pawn in Domestic Violence


    Woman are delaying leaving violent relationships for fear their pets and other animals will be killed or tortured.

    Evidence from a 2011 survey shows one in three women reported delaying leaving a violent relationship because they feared their partner would kill or torture their pets.

    Of these, one quarter say their children also witnessed the violence against animals.

    The research also showed that 50 per cent of women interviewed had witnessed animal cruelty as part of their experience of domestic violence.
    Of the 203 women surveyed, more than half reported that animal cruelty was part of their experience of family violence as, either a family member or their partner had threatened to kill one of their pets, animals and/or farm animals.

    One third of the respondents also reported actual injury of death of the animal.

    As a result 28 per cent of women reported they would have left their abusive relationship earlier if they had not had a pet or animal.

    The length of time they stayed ranged from one week to 22 years with an average of two years.
    ‘Pets as Pawns’ research was commissioned by the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in partnership with Women’s Refuge.

    RNZSPCA National Chief Executive Robyn Kippenberger says the research shows a strong link between animal cruelty and domestic and family violence in New Zealand.

    “This research shows the urgent need for RNZSPCA and Women’s Refuge to work together to find solutions to make families safer by enabling them to leave violent situations with their animals.
    “In the past we have had an informal arrangement between some of our regional SPCA’s and Women’s Refuges, and the feedback we were getting from these collaborations led us to commission this research.

    “The research has confirmed the need for Women’s Refuge and the SPCA to work closely together to protect the women and animals who are suffering as a result of domestic violence.”
    The study also found that SPCA staff and police needed to better understand the link between animal cruelty and domestic violence.

    Likewise, refuge workers needed more support when women with animals needed to leave violent relationships.
    The research also uncovered that 159 research participants with children, a quarter reported their children witnessed someone in their family injure or kill a pet or animal.
    “Disturbingly, many of the women reported that partners who had warnings or convictions around physical violence, would deliberately threaten or hurt pets as a way of controlling their family and make it easier to avoid reconviction,” says Heather Henare, chief executive of Women’s Refuge.
    “In this way, pets and other animals become part of an arsenal of tricks abusers use to instil fear and control over their family. Some men will threaten to kill family pets if the women leaves, and in some cases women and children have witnessed extreme torture of pets or animals as part of the horror of domestic violence.”
    http://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/23520-...-violence.html

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    I'm not surprised. Abusers are master manipulators. I've seen even slow-witted abusers pull off some amazingly complex schemes. For instance, suppressing their abusive nature while separating the victim from any potentially pesky friends or family members. Once the victim has nowhere else to turn, the crazy is unleashed.

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    It is a travesty that these animals are used and abused for the sake of these people. Domestic animals have been our companions since the first modern Homo Sapien, and they certainly deserve better than this.

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    Even though I think animal rights have gone too far and I don't think an animal is anywhere near as important as a person, torturing animals is still a terrible thing to do. Psychologists say that animal abuse usually predicts violence toward people. It's an early stage, a way of freaks testing their own sickness before they move on to the big league. It makes sense that they'd have no restraint in reverting to animal torture again as a way of inflicting psychological pain on others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gustaaf View Post
    Even though I think animal rights have gone too far and I don't think an animal is anywhere near as important as a person, torturing animals is still a terrible thing to do. Psychologists say that animal abuse usually predicts violence toward people. It's an early stage, a way of freaks testing their own sickness before they move on to the big league. It makes sense that they'd have no restraint in reverting to animal torture again as a way of inflicting psychological pain on others.
    I prefer animals to human beings. No animal has ever been cruel to me - when they hurt you it comes from instinct, not from design. Only humans can plan to hurt people, and only they can abuse people emotionally, which is worse. So I disagree that animals are not as valuable as humans. I personally value their company a lot more.

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    Even though I think animal rights have gone too far and I don't think an animal is anywhere near as important as a person,
    Sometimes, I feel People are not even worth it.

    No animal has ever been cruel to me - when they hurt you it comes from instinct, not from design
    Homosapiens been using and hurting animals since we humans arrived on earth. Not saying we all bad (because I know, I do and you and others on here love animals) but in general, homosapiens are a very cruel race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heidixx View Post
    Sometimes, I feel People are not even worth it.


    Homosapiens been using and hurting animals since we humans arrived on earth. Not saying we all bad (because I know, I do and you and others on here love animals) but in general, homosapiens are a very cruel race.
    The fact that we can control our actions and keep ourselves from being cruel, but far too often do not, makes us a lot worse than any animal. We do not always hurt out of necessity or self-defense. We hurt for the joy of it.

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    We hurt for the joy of it.
    Spanish are the worst ,IMHO. Yes, we do hurt for the pleasure of seeing harmless,defenseless animal in pain and suffering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heidixx View Post
    Spanish are the worst ,IMHO. Yes, we do hurt for the pleasure of seeing harmless,defenseless animal in pain and suffering.
    Do you mean bullfighting? Yes, I could never watch such a thing. It truly saddens me that many people see this as sport! It puts the animal under such stress and torment.

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    The way I understand animal rights is treating an animal with some minimal respect and common sense, regardless if it's a pet/companion or a farm animal raised for its meat.

    Animals are capable of giving and returning affection. Feed an animal, care for it, save its life, and it will give you love. Even lions hugged and greeted the hand that fed and saved them.



    I strongly believe that a nation's development or decline can be partly judged by how it treats its animals. Attitudes like these are a sign that there is something rotten about society. It's not only weak but also perverted and such "fellow human beings" deserve no respect from my side. I'd take my dog over them without any second thoughts.

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