September 17, 2008
(CA) What comes after killing pets? [Terrace Standard - opinion]
TWO WEEKS two Camrose teens were sentenced for microwaving a cat to death. The boys (allegedly along with five others) twice broke in to a home, and besides baking the cat for ten minutes, crushed a guitar, damaged a TV, and smashed holes in a wall. The boys showed no signs of mental illness and were not drunk at the time. These bizarre behaviours offered the boys no benefit, that I can see, except to relieve their aggression in cowardly fashion. So why behave this way?
The answer may lie in the findings of research done by Frank Ascione, professor of psychology at the Utah State University. Ascione conducted extensive research on the link between mistreating animals and mistreating women. In his book "Children and Animals: Exploring the Roots of Kindness and Cruelty", Dr. Ascione writes, "When animals in a home are abused or neglected, it is a warning sign that others in the household may not be safe."