Mandatory veterinary reporting of suspected abuse might discourage caregivers from seeking treatment for their injured animals. Animal abusers are more likely to be brought to justice by raising community awareness about the link between animal cruelty and human violence and its implications for the wellbeing of both humans and animals. Commonly accepted definitions of animal cruelty focus only on cruelty that is socially unacceptable, excluding an enormous amount of unnecessary animal suffering caused by humans. Only by broadening the definition of animal cruelty can we bring about the cultural change necessary to minimize this animal suffering.

Author Biography

Eleonora Gullone, Affiliate Associate Professor, Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology at Monash University, Australia, is the author of Animal Cruelty, Antisocial Behaviour, and Aggression: More Than a Link. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eleonora_Gullone