The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence

Edited by: Andrew Linzey

Many philosophers - including Aquinas, Locke, Schopenhauer, and Kant - have assumed that there is a link between cruelty to animals and violence to people. During the last 40 years, evidence for this view has steadily accumulated as a result of statistical, psychological, and medical investigations, and there is now a substantial body of supporting empirical evidence. The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence brings together international experts from seven countries to examine in detail the relationships between animal abuse and child abuse, the emotional development of the child, family violence, and serial murder. It considers the implications for legal and social policy, and the work of key professionals. Sections include critical overviews of existing research, discussion of ethical issues, and a special focus on the abuse of wild animals. This book is essential reading for all those who have a stake in the debate, either because their academic work relates to the issues involved or because their professional role involves contact with the abused or the abusers - both human and animal. The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence is the most up-to-date, authoritative, and comprehensive volume on the link between animal abuse and human violence.


346 pages

Publication Date: 8/24/2009
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781845193249