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The Big issues – Animal Abuse

What’s the issue?

Animal abuse takes many forms and may include cruelty, death, neglect, and terror. Animals that are abused are physically hurt, they have trouble trusting humans and may show difficult behaviours. BUT those people who deliberately abuse animals often have signs of deeper issues. Child animal abusers often become adult abusers of children, their partners or people in the community, as well as animals.

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The Big issues – Animal Abuse

What’s the issue?

Animal abuse takes many forms and may include cruelty, death, neglect, and terror. Animals that are abused are physically hurt, they have trouble trusting humans and may show difficult behaviours. BUT those people who deliberately abuse animals often have signs of deeper issues. Child animal abusers often become adult abusers of children, their partners or people in the community, as well as animals.

For veterinarians presented with an abused animal, the question is whether people in the house are also being abused.

Animal abuse also includes those people who cannot or will not care for their pets – abuse by neglect. Pets owners who present pets to shelters/vets/groomers with fur matted to the skin with maggots or skin loss beneath the mats are guilty of animal abuse. Animals that spend all day scratching and becoming anaemic because of blood loss from really high flea loads, are abused. These animals suffer just like those that are hit, hurt or locked in small spaces. Neglect issues are generally easier to deal with unless the owners are hoarders (see separate sheet)

Where’s the science? Where’s the proof?

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