What about animals?

August 16, 2009 at 9:47 PM 3 comments

animal_abuseSerious or repeated animal cruelty is seen more often in boys than in girls. Children as young as four may harm animals, but such behavior is most common during adolescence. Cruelty is often associated with children who do poorly in school and have low self-esteem and few friends. Children who are cruel to animals are often characterized as bullies and may have a history of truancy, vandalism, and other antisocial behaviors.

Researchers say that a child’s violence against animals often represents displaced hostility and aggression stemming from neglect or abuse of the child or of another family member. Animal cruelty committed by any member of a family, whether parent or child, often means child abuse occurs in that family. (www.hsus.org)

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  • 1. jeovana  |  August 19, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    OMG! How can people be so cruel??? I cant read these things without crying…

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  • 2. Thiana  |  August 20, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    I really care about animals’ welfare, but children’s future, which is also ours, worries me the most. Children’s violence against animals is probably a repetition of what happens to themselves.
    Society must review its values about having a familiy and raising a child.
    Children must grow up in a great loving family, in a school committed to its global education and, especially, in a society that respects children’s rights and understands their physical and emotional health. It is essential to make our world a better place. From this moment on, animals won’t be beaten by children any longer.

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  • 3. Fernanda Schumer  |  August 30, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    Animals’ Lessons Many people associate the use of animals with atrocities, killing them to make fur coats and leather shoes.
    But not everything is atrocity. What would we be without them, even helping the visually impaired?
    Animals in their essence are friendly, being aggressive only if they feel threatened. They have such a sixth sense, prevent things and know when people are good or not. So, they are trained to help people with disabilities, helping them to locate themselves, making them more independent.
    At the university where I study, it’s possible to see several people aided by guide dogs, in the building of the media, especially. One of the boys I know, walk with his guide dog and has taken an academic exchange program in a university in the United States and took his dog.
    So, I do not believe all treatments are really cruel like this and we have much to learn from the animals, because most people are individualistic, even selfish, think that animals such as guide dogs aren’t to live around them, helping them not just to think about themselves, not to care about other
    beings who live around them.

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