One big question surrounding animal abuse is “What exactly causes it?”. What is the main reason animal abuse is committed? It can be a variety of things but the main reason is a poor home life. Kids see the way their parents handle animals and even other people and learn from that. A poor home life is the main reason for animal abuse because kids see the way their pets are treated and causes them to be uneducated on how to care for an animal.
Violence within families and animal abuse are linked to each other. One reason that an animal is abused within a home is that pets are thought of as family members to families. According to the author of “Animal Abuse, Family Violence, and Child Wellbeing: A Review,” Sarah McPhedran, she states that “Animals may become victims of violence in troubled homes because they are thought of as property.” She also goes on to say that other people believe violence extends to pets because they are thought of as family members. There are two kinds of people that can be doing the abusing, either the ones who think of their pets as property or people who think of them as family members. If they abuse their family members, that automatically could mean the pet as well.
Animal abuse can be caused by another reason as well. By abusing the animal. the abuser believes they are showing dominance and control to intimidate or control other people. It can also be present in relationships as well. According to McPhedran, in the article, “Animal Abuse, Family Violence, and Child Wellbeing: A Review,” she states “That it is common for women in shelters to talk about companion animal abuse , and suggest that women may delay leaving abusive relationships out of fear for the wellbeing of their pets.” This seems that this happens because the woman herself has been abused or she has even seen the man abuse their pet as well and doesn’t want to see it happen to them again. This is all caused by fear and the woman feels like she’s stuck. McPhedran also states in the article that “In the United States, Ascione’s (1998) widely cited research found that 71% of 38 women in a Utah shelter who owned a pet reported that their partner had threatened to, or had actually harmed, that pet.” This proves that in most cases this can be a big cause of abuse on animals.
Animal abuse can be learned from by the abusers’ parents. Children see how their parents treat each other and learn from that. If that relationship is abusive then the children believe that is the way you treat things. That can automatically translate to animal abuse. According to McPhedran in the same article, she states that “In the Utah shelter study, 22 women had children, and 32% (or 7 women) reported that one or more of their children had abused or killed companion animals.” Kids are looking up to their parents and seeing this which causes them abuse or even kill their pets because that’s exactly what they saw at home. It’s causing a whole different generation to abuse animals.
Animal abuse also conveys because there are Veterinarians are failing to report suspected abuse. Some vets report it but some of them don’t. As a vet, you would think they care for animals and never want to see them abused. According to Georgina Mills, who wrote the article, “Reporting cases of animal abuse,” she states that “A study carried out by psychologists at the University of Kent, found that almost a third of the vets had suspected at least one incident of animal abuse in the past year, but only half of those had reported cases to authorities.” Vets don’t get enough training on this and don’t have the confidence and skills to make the police aware of the animal abuse. Even after examining the animals, the vets should really know exactly how these animals got injured. Mills also states in her article that ” Those with self-belief were more likely to report cases of suspected abuse; this self-belief tended to come from training and experience.” Mills also stated that in the United Kingdom, Vets only receive two hours of training on this subject when in school. Vets should receive more training on this subject just because animal abuse happens a lot more than everyone thinks.
Animal Abuse has been linked to other poor behaviors as well. According to Thomas J. Mowen and John H. Boman, they state in their article “Animal Abuse among High-Risk Youth: A Test of Agnew’s Theory,” that “Animal abuse has been tied to other deviant behaviors including interpersonal violence, illegal gun possession, substance use, and antisocial behaviors later on in life.” These are a lot of the more obvious reasons of what causes animal abuse. Most of these behaviors are done by criminals or people that could be a criminal in the future. These are all things that are caused by a poor home life as well which again causes the abuse of animals.
The cause of abuse on animals can be caused by all these different things. Animals are thought of as property and even as family members, animals can get abused because of this in a broken home. The abuser can also be trying to show dominance to frighten others and even children within the home see this. They learn from that and that causes them to abuse when they get older as well because that’s what they think you are supposed to do when you have a pet. The fact that Vets don’t always report animal abuse is another problem why the abuse on animals conveys throughout society. Then the obvious reasons such as interpersonal violence, illegal gun possession and drug abuse. All that within the home of a pet is just a bad mixture. It’s almost like a chain reaction. Animal Abuse is happening more and more throughout our society and it must be prevented.