A book outlining the relationships between animal abuse and violence against humans has been published by Sussex Academic Press.
The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence, edited by University of Oxford professor of theology Andrew Linzey, includes chapters by international experts from numerous fields.
The book is based on a 2007 conference that took place at Keble College, University of Oxford, in which speakers from veterinary practice, law enforcement, elderly care and social work discussed the policy implications arising from the recognition of links between human and animal mistreatment.
The 27-chapter book includes sections entitled “Measuring animal cruelty and case histories”, “Domestic violence”, “Empathy as an indicator of emotional development”, “The role of animals in public child welfare work” and “Developmental animal cruelty and its correlates in sexual homicide offenders and sex offenders”.
More information can be found at www. sussex-academic.co.uk