NYTimes Magazine: The Animal-Cruelty Syndrome

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on June 13, 2010

For all of us who have been engaged in animal rights issues for many decades, this cover article, The Animal-Cruelty Syndrome, is a vivid and painful reminder how little has changed, and how much work we will always have before us.

  • “In addition to a growing sensitivity to the rights of animals, another significant reason for the increased attention to animal cruelty is a mounting body of evidence about the link between such acts and serious crimes of more narrowly human concern, including illegal firearms possession, drug trafficking, gambling, spousal and child abuse, rape and homicide. In the world of law enforcement — and in the larger world that our laws were designed to shape — animal-cruelty issues were long considered a peripheral concern and the province of local A.S.P.C.A. and Humane Society organizations; offenses as removed and distinct from the work of enforcing the human penal code as we humans have deemed ourselves to be from animals. But that illusory distinction is rapidly fading.”
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