Psychological Effects of Animal Cruelty

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We are proud to be an internationally recognized non-profit animal welfare organization, and because we are, we get requests for aid from all over the world.

Recently, a group of concerned individuals approached SPCA International with a different kind of proposal; one that involves an academic study focusing on exposing the psychological impact and the health and development of children who bear witness to animal abuse within certain European countries.

Because research has indicated that the natural development of humans is to mirror the emotions of others, it is therefore not so unrealistic to suggest that ongoing exposure to abuse in public places especially, might not only produce progressive desensitization but an inhibition of the ability to become empathic.

For those who have traveled to Eastern European countries, it is not uncommon to be privy to packs of dogs roaming in some of the major cities, and sometimes being aggressive out of fear, hunger or abuse have led to provoke a similar reaction by the population by way of harm and abuse. Sadly, these neglected animals are under constant scrutiny and possible attack, which has become all too common. For years, welfare activists have been speaking up for the plight of the strays and the brutal inhumane abuse and killings; but no one until now has suggested that the constant exposure of this violence may instigate other and further violent activity within the community. In other words, growing up in a society being exposed to animal abuse causes further abuse and lack of compassion.

The aim of the study is to target government awareness about the serious implications of repeated exposure to extensive unregulated and uncontrolled abuse and slaughter of the animals.  The hope is that by presenting the sociological and psychological impact that this cruelty has on societies will be recognized by the authorities as the severe problem that it is, and then will manifest positive change; such as TNR programs to reduce the number of strays, educational programs in schools, and enforcement of laws.

We are more than excited to participate in this promising study to further this important cause by offering our contribution and support and because of your generous assistance, many lives have the potential of being saved.

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