By Jason Miller
At long last, the mental health community has identified, analyzed, and
classified the illness that twists and perverts the psyches of billions of
people, resulting in intense suffering and death for over 70 billion
nonhuman animals each year. Look for it in the DSM-V, which is expected to
be released in 2013.
And thankfully, there is a cure. It’s called
Anti-Animal Personality DisorderDiagnostic Features:
Anti-Animal Personality Disorder is a condition characterized by persistent
disregard for, and violation of, the rights of nonhuman animals that begins
in infancy and usually continues into adulthood. Deceit, manipulation, and
empathy deficiency are central features of this disorder. For this diagnosis
to be given, the individual must be at least 18, the commonly accepted age
at which individuals become fully responsible for their actions.
Diagnostic Criteria: Only one of the following is required:
Conformity to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by
repeatedly performing acts that cause nonhuman animals to endure unnecessary
and unnecessary suffering.
Self-deceit, as indicated by repeatedly
lying to oneself to convince oneself that it is morally acceptable to
enslave, torture, and murder nonhuman animals.
Reckless disregard for the
pain and suffering of sentient beings
Lack of remorse, as indicated
by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, abused, enslaved,
tortured, or murdered nonhuman animals
Grandiose sense of self worth,
commonly referred to as anthropocentrism or speciesism
poverty (limited range of feelings)
Failure to accept direct
responsibility or complicity in the enslavement, torture, and murder of
Complications: Individuals with this disorder have a
highly increased risk of dying prematurely of heart disease, hypertension,
stroke, or cancer. Their lack of empathy towards nonhuman animals often
diminishes or eliminates their capacity to empathize with humans, resulting
in anti-social, narcissistic and violent social interactions and
interpersonal relationships. In at least 20% of the population, sociopathic
behaviors become the norm.
Comorbidity: Pedophilia, Antisocial
personality disorder, Sexual Dysfunction, and Narcissistic Personality
Course: The course of this disorder is often chronic, but it
can be reversed through a conscious effort to convert to veganism.
Prevalence: The prevalence of Anti-Animal Personality Disorder in the
general population is about 95%, as the prevailing social, cultural, and
legal paradigms enable and encourage animal abuse and exploitation to
facilitate human pleasure and convenience.