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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

How do we understand something like this?

You may or may not have heard about this, however as someone who loves animals, I have to talk about a video which was released on the internet today. This video shows a girl   throwing a a bunch of newly born puppies into a river or stream!!!
Here is the video (I warn you that this video is extremely disturbing to watch.Unfortunately in our world, sometimes we have to watch or experience the worst of human behavior, in order to do something about it <:(    .)

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This video is extremely disturbing to animal lovers such as myself. But what is also  troubling to me, is the fact that I view myself as a rationalist. I could  give you many definitions and explanations of rationalism, however in simple terms, it means I believe there is a reason for everything in this World of ours. As far as I am concerned what this girl did is as disgusting and disturbing as any terrible thing that one person has done to another person in our world. Psychological research has shown that individuals  who abuse or deliberately kill animals in the manner in which this girl has, often later in life end up committing murder or murders against human beings. Once we have voiced our outrage towards her emotionally as we watch the video, we then may become more rational and  begin to ask ourselves questions such as: Why did she do it? What is wrong with her? Unless in our minds we come up with a rational explanation for her behavior, this video may trouble us for a great deal of time!! Can  one come up with a rational explanation for a seemingly irrational act on the part of another human being in our World?

Human behavior is by nature extremely complex. In fact, according to research
I have done online, experts in the field of psychology have derived 9 possible reasons to explain why some people engage in behavior which abuses animals.

"While the exact reasons for intentional animal cruelty may vary, nine typologies have been identified by Kellert and Felthous (1985, 1122-1124). In the cases within the animal cruelty database, we see these typologies over and over:
  1. to control an animal
  2. to retaliate against an animal
  3. to retaliate against another person
  4. to satisfy a prejudice against a species or breed
  5. to express anger through an animal
  6. to enhance one's own aggressiveness
  7. to shock people for amusement
  8. to displace hostility from a person to an animal
  9. to perform non-specific sadism"
Reference: Kellert, S.R. and A.R. Felthous. 1985. Childhood cruelty to animals among criminals and non-criminals. Human Relations 38:1113-29.
It is not uncommon for the animal abuser to admit to authorities that they killed an animal to get back at a person they were angry at, or to "punish" the animal for bad behavior"

"According to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Northeastern University, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse."

"Many studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology during the last 25 years have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. The FBI has recognized the connection since the 1970s, when its analysis of the lives of serial killers suggested that most had killed or tortured animals as children. Other research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of more common forms of violence, including child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association considers animal cruelty one of the diagnostic criteria of conduct disorder."

Read more: Pet-Abuse.Com - Abuse Connection - The Link Between Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal Violence

The fact that this girl had someone else videotape her during this incident, or videotaped herself with her own equipment is also very troubling. Anyone who would  want a record of such behavior...well this reminds me of serial killers who have been found to keep things of their victims to remind themselves of their act  to enable them to return to this episode of murder over and over again for their personal reasons.

In the case of this girl however, in creating a video of this animal abuse, she has already caused her own demise, because she has apparently been identified by people who knew her before she made the video. These people have reported this knowledge to the police. This incident shows that if you think you are anonymous on the internet, that you can do anything you want to others, you are wrong! Eventually somehow or in some way you will be revealed and you will have to pay for what you have done to someone, or what you have done to some other species of life or
some non-living aspect of our world.

I applaud the person or persons who were appalled by this girl's actions towards these puppies to such an extent that they reported seeing the video to the police and indicated to the police what her name was and where she lived. In this way we see that all of us who access and use the internet can act  against people such as this,
so that hopefully, those who may want to commit a criminal action against another person or another living thing are stopped by their fear of being caught, by those of us who believe in laws and justice. Most of all, I believe that this video shows that there are  wonderful people who use the internet. I have already seen many people post videos to services such as Youtube, in which they indicate how appalled they are with the cruelty this girl showed these puppies. I just wish the media would for once show some of these wonderful people who use the internet,rather than focusing on those who do harm against other people or other life forms in our World!
 Update: I need to update some of the facts concerning this blog entry. I was relying on my memory and (my wishful thinking)  once I saw this incident posted as a story at the CTV news website I realized I have incorrectly stated some of the facts concerning whether or not this girl was identified and reported to the local police. This latest news article indicates below the following:

"Velimir Ivanisevic from the Association of Citizens for Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals SOS, said his group received an e-mail that allegedly identifies her as a teenager from the central Bosnian town of Bugojno.
"We cannot say with 100 per cent certainty that this is true...but we received some other information which leads us to believe that it is," Ivanisevic said.
He added that the group has called on authorities to investigate the claim.
Bosnia recently adopted an animal protection law instituting fines of between euro15 ($12) and euro5,000 ($6,400) for private citizens, and between euro 100,00 ($78,7) and euro100,000 ($128,000) for institutions, for cruel treatment of animals, but Ivanisevic said authorities continue to ignore cases reported by his group.
Police in Bugojno said they were investigating the report, but refused to discuss details."

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 Let us hope that these puppies receive justice from the Bosnian legal system and that this girl is required to not only be subject to Bosnian law, but also receives professional help in order to change the way she perceives the world and those living  things within our world, and she changes the way she acts towards animals, with the help of caring professionals.

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.