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All of our mutual hopes and aspirations lie in the conservation of our environment and maintaining the beloved ecological balance. We are also gathered together to provide a forum to advocate the protection of the rights of the much neglected weaker species which we humans tend to believe are beneath us.
But we must ask ourselves, why? Why do we captivate, abuse and even murder animals. We already know from our recent experience with the dolphin lagoon or cage scenario that we captivate animals for commercial reasons and to reap material benefits at their expense. But also another reason for this is deep rooted issues within the human psyche or soul itself.
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and American Psychiatric Association(APA) have done studies which show that Animal abuse is indeed the most basic symptom or characteristic feature of CONDUCT DISORDER which is manifested even from childhood, itself. We see that those who are diagnosed with conduct disorder’s initial victims are small animals like cats, rabbits etc. and when they grow up they take on bigger victims like their wives or children. It is also proven that some mobsters or thugs also have conduct disorder with their initial victims being animals.
“Conduct disorder is a psychological disorder diagnosed in childhood that presents itself through a repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate norms are violated. These behaviors are often referred to as “antisocial behaviors.” – Source Wikipedia.
Animal cruelty is also referred to as zoosadism which is also one of the stages of ‘Macdonald triad’ (the others being aggression and interestingly enough, Enuresis (bed wetting.)) which leads to sociopathic behavior. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States of America have conducted surveys and medical diagnosis to find out that sociopaths who are characterized by murder or abuse or violence, for the sake of the pleasure (Psychological or Sexual) obtained by it and psychopaths who are often serial killers (such as Jack the Ripper himself) known to murder a series of people to showcase their superiority are actually socially depraved as children and were known to spend time torturing small animals in various violent fashions and finding enjoyment in doing that.
Hence, Authorities in western countries are actually encouraging and calling parents to submit children and teens who torture animals for psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
Moreover, it is quite possible to find a quite close link between animal abuse and other social issues of the day:-
Abusing an animal is a way for a human to find power/joy/fulfillment through the torture of a victim they know cannot defend itself.
Then, when we actually sit back and think about it, it is the same thing with rape. What is rape if not, a way for a human to find power/joy/fulfillment through the sexual torture of a victim they know cannot defend themselves.
The same can be applied to domestic violence and child abuse, it too is a way for a human to find power/joy/fulfillment through the torture of a victim they know cannot defend themselves.
Before concluding this already elongated article, I would like to bring to your notice the relationship between Animal abuse to other social stratification and racism. It is quite obvious that chauvinism is a sad human character. We believe we are superior to other beings. So isn’t it the same phenomena of Humans first, which eventually leads to White people first, Westerners First, Men First, the Rich first and other such firsts which had created social issues which we are struggling to erase even today, namely colonialism, war, racism, sexism, class and caste differences, unequal distribution of wealth and poverty? We are all god’s creation and despite the intellectual difference between us and other creatures, we are all the rightful inheritors of god’s green earth and if god has blessed us as the governors of shouldn’t we be fair and just to the other creatures too? If not what difference is there between us and a dictatorial ruler who undermines the basic rights of his subjects?