The Human-Animal Connection: A Guide for Non-Pet Owners

Written by M.L. Scott

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Other instances of neglect are simply out of control and more serious indicators of abuse whether or not they are unintentional. Emma Regina Harter kept more than 230 Chihuahuas and 60 birds at her Antelope Valley home. She was convicted of felony animal cruelty. Animal control officers found these poor animals living in filthy conditions on her California ranch. Over 20 ofrepparttar dogs were already dead and 14 of them were "so severely medically impaired" that they were euthanized, according torepparttar 132432 Deputy District Attorney. Her crime carries a potential sentence of 5-1/2 years.

Intentional cruelty such as violence or torture against animals is a likely indication of a serious disorder and a predictor of such behavior against humans. In fact, many serial killers such as Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer spent their childhoods torturing animals. Ted Bundy mutilated animals as a child before killing dozens of women. Jeffrey Dahmer killed neighborhood pets, nailed frogs on trees and impaledrepparttar 132433 heads of dogs on sticks.

Animal abusers come young and they come old. Harter, also referred to asrepparttar 132434 “Granny Animal Abuser” was 72 years old atrepparttar 132435 time of her conviction. Margaret Mead, renowned anthropologist, remarked that "one ofrepparttar 132436 most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it." Instilling compassionate values and empathy, particularly in children, seems to be a means of countering potential animal abuse and ultimately such abuse in adults. Project Pooch is a good example of this effort. Project Pooch pairs selected juvenile offenders incarcerated atrepparttar 132437 Oregon Youth Authority's MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility with rescued dogs from animal shelters. Their program trainsrepparttar 132438 youths to obedience train and preparerepparttar 132439 dogs for adoption. “By managing their dogs, students learn how to manage their own behavior. They also earn school credits, develop good work habits, and acquire valuable occupational skills.” Project Pooch may be found at . .

Long considered mere banter among animal enthusiasts, animal cruelty is fortunately taken much more seriously nowadays among lawmakers, public health and law enforcement officials. Several states give judges discretionary authority to order animal abusers to undergo psychiatric counseling. Bills in various states reflect numerous measures to prevent acts of animal abuse and include actions that advocate such matters as cross-reporting among child protection professionals and animal control officers; banning cockfighting; and making aggravated animal abuse a felony. Animal abuse has even received noted attention atrepparttar 132440 federal level. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recognizesrepparttar 132441 animal-abuse/human violence link and actually incorporates animal cruelty into its assessment ofrepparttar 132442 potential threat a suspect might pose to society. FBI Special Agent Allan Brantley has underscoredrepparttar 132443 FBI’s reasoning by stating that "Animal not a harmless venting of emotion in a healthy individual; this is a warning sign...." It isn’t too hard to see how public awareness and appreciation ofrepparttar 132444 contributions animals make torepparttar 132445 human world and our contributions to theirs can assist so much inrepparttar 132446 well-being of both. Hopefully, animal rights will no longer be limited torepparttar 132447 domain of vegetarians or pet enthusiasts. More than a “quirky” or “quaint” obsession, preservingrepparttar 132448 dignity and respect that animals deserve has far reaching repercussions for humans in general. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with also wanting a little purr in your ear or wet lick on your face. Copyright 2004. Sophistication Alley Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

The author fosters rescued animals and helps operate pet related sites including Adoring Pets at which helps to instill compassionate values and empathy towards animals by showcasing Assistance Animals, Therapy and Companion Pets; a discount gift store; a pet travel store with pet travel accessories and an everyday pet supply store with common pet problem solutions.

Lessons in Love for the Shy at Heart

Written by Jennifer G. Smith

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Some ofrepparttar newer options includerepparttar 132429 Internet. Overrepparttar 132430 past few years, on-line dating has taken off in a way that no one could have predicted, emphasizing perhaps forrepparttar 132431 first timerepparttar 132432 amount of lonely people inrepparttar 132433 world today. As most people utilize these sites fromrepparttar 132434 safety of their living rooms,repparttar 132435 shy can wrap themselves in anonymity and easily make contact within their comfort zone. Unfortunately, there are often predators as well as those with a penchant for being less than truthful who occasionally respond onrepparttar 132436 other side ofrepparttar 132437 screen. Still, this can be a method for making successful matches as long as great care is taken. Another method would berepparttar 132438 off-line dating service although many of them tend to be over priced and equally anonymous. If shopping carefully, there are existing services with integrity, that work at individual comfort levels. There is alsorepparttar 132439 possibility of reasonable pricing as well as background screening to increase safety.

One last recommendation from one who sharesrepparttar 132440 shyness curse, is simply to find ways to expand your comfort zone. I did this initially by getting a job that forced me to interact with people. The bottom line is shyness isn’t synonymous with cowardice. Take a good look at yourself and decide what improvements are in your ability to make and make them. Meeting and dealing with people will always increase your chances of making a match yourself. If that is your goal, then it has to begin with you.

Jennifer G. Smith owner and CEO of Let's Meet Here LLC is an acclaimed relationship guru.. She uses a holistic approach when bringing relationship-minded people together, conducting personal meetings with clients and establishing a trustful rapport among the many individuals who seek her wisdom. She lives in Los Angeles and can be contacted at: or (818) 232-4148.

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