Thursday, June 07, 2012

Hurting Animals Hurts You

PETA should use a new argument against animal cruelty, Luka Magnotta.

Luka Magnotta, the accused killer who dismembered a man and sent body parts in the mail across Canada, shares something in common with most psychopaths, animal cruelty.

In 1963 forensic psychiatrist J.M. Macdonald wrote a paper published in the American Journal of Psychiatry that identified three behavioural characteristics that were associated with later violent tendencies. The Macdonald Triad as they became to be known were: bed wetting, obsession with fire, and animal cruelty.

The idea that deriving satisfaction from killing living creatures would warp psychological processes is not surprising, however the fact that greater measures and penalties haven't been implemented to prevent these deviant acts is.

Besides that torturing dogs and cats is wrong because they can feel pain and have differing levels of consciousness, society should act to ensure that animal cruelty is not committed, not just for the good of the animals, but for the good of all people.

Even if parents disregard the lives of stray animals, for the sake of their children's own mental health they should teach their kids not to harm other living creatures.

If all animals were ethically treated, people would necessarily be too. If PETA can't convince politicians to pass stiffer laws against torturing animals, they should use the examples of psychopaths like Luka Magnotta to show that animal cruelty doesn't just hurt dogs and cats, it damages people.

Animal cruelty is wrong because of what it does to animals, humans included.

1 comment:

The Rat said...

PETA is not the group to go to on that. They're a bunch of freak ass radicals. They advocate a strict vegan lifestyle and the end to pet ownership. That is not a group that is going to have any real impact.

Groups like this are much better placed to work on the link between animal cruelty and violence. These groups advocate animal welfare, not animal rights. There is a huge difference.