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Animal cruelty

Posted: April 26, 2009 10:53 p.m.
Updated: April 27, 2009 4:55 a.m.
I was brought to tears when I read the story about Gordon Allen Bates being acquitted on animal cruelty charges for beating a horse after he dragged it behind his truck in Pinal County, Arizona.

As if the story is not disturbing enough, the man allowed his 13-year-old daughter to kick the horse in the head while he beat it with a PVC pipe.

These are not the behaviors parents should be teaching young children.

It is very well known that animal abuse leads to human abuse.

In fact, according to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts' Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 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.

The vicious cycle of abuse will never cease if men like Gordon Allen Bates are not punished for not only abusing animals, but teaching their children to abuse them as well.


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