Although vandalism may represent costly
and psychologically significant destructiveness
(Goldstein, 1996), smashed windshields
and graffitied walls do not feel
pain or cry out when they are damaged.
Animals, however, do express their distress
when they have been abused, and
their distress calls out for attention. This
Bulletin has provided an overview of the
underreported and understudied phenomenon
of animal abuse in childhood and adolescence.
Addressing cruelty to animals
as a significant form of aggressive and
antisocial behavior may add one more
piece to the puzzle of understanding and
preventing youth violence.
|Animal Abuse and
Justice Bulletin September 2001