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Animal Abuse Links to Other Crime

Animal abuse rarely exists independently of other serious crimes, such as child abuse, domestic violence, murder, drugs or firearms.

A shocking example of this occurred recently in Ukraine. The perpetrator (pictured below) cut off a cat’s ear, testicles and tail, and then stabbed it to death.

While investigating this barbaric crime, police discovered he was also manufacturing and selling drugs and had threatened people in his village, including his mother and grandmother, warning ‘this will happen to you if you don’t keep quiet’. 

He’s been imprisoned three times before for drugs, theft and mugging, and has now been sentenced to six years in jail.






It's because of cases like this that Ukrainian police forces are queuing up to receive our training, and why harsher sentences are suddenly being given for animal abuse.

Our Police Training Programme is based on at least 32 studies worldwide that evidence the link between animal abuse and human violence. Here are just a few shocking findings: 

  • Children abusing animals is now recognised as one of the strongest indicators of conduct disorder by the FBI.  
  • A US study revealed that up to 76% of incidents of animal abuse occur in front of children, which can cause violent behaviour in later life.  
  • Another US study found that 70% of animal abusers had criminal records including crimes involving violence, property, drugs or disorderly behaviour.  
  • That same study revealed that in search warrants executed for animal abuse or dog fighting, 35% resulted in the seizure of drugs or guns. 
  • Imprisoned convicts in the US for sexual homicide and child abuse showed that 41% has mistreated animals in the same way they had children.
  • 73% of the prison inmates in an Italian study witnessed animal abuse and/or killing in their childhood.
  • In a Canadian study, 70% of people charged with animal cruelty also had other reported incidents of violent behaviour, including homicide. 
  • An Australian study revealed 61.5% of convicted animal abusers had also committed an assault against humans, 17% had committed sexual abuse, and all sexual homicide offenders were reported to have been cruel to animals.
  • In South Africa, 63% of incarcerated aggressive criminals had deliberately inflicted harm on an animal in the same way they had a child.

Mark Randell, a retired senior Police Officer and director of Hidden-in-Sight, who we’re working with to deliver our Ukraine Police Training, says:

"I spoke recently to one law enforcement professional who told me of a man who broke the leg of his partner’s cat. It was not acknowledged as a red flag crime and the next day the man stabbed his wife to death. Dealing with animal cruelty professionally can have a positive impact in preventing other crimes too, and it is therefore very exciting that police in Ukraine are undertaking this innovative community policing training."