The Science Behind Animal Abuse
by Audrey R. on October 23, 2017 - 11:46pm
(Photo: PA) An article on Global News covers the story of a Nova Scotia man who drowned a litter of kittens to death. According to the Nova Scotia SPCA, this act was committed because the man could not take care of the animals. This is a very unfortunate story because it could have easily been avoided: the shelter itself could have taken in the kittens and found homes for them. It could also have been avoided by having pets spayed and neutered to avoid the cats reproducing. In fact, overpopulation of cats is a huge problem spread across the country. The man was accused of animal cruelty because he intentionally caused the death of innocent animals.
Many academic journals take a closer look at the reasons why people commit acts of animal abuse. The journal which is probably most relevant to the news story is the Journal of Animal Science. They are said to be the premier source for all updated knowledge on animal science, which makes them a good source for information on the topic. Another journal which is relevant to the story is the New Scientist. They are a reliable academic journal which discusses many different aspects of science. The reason this journal relates to the article mentioned above is because they go deep into the psychology of why a person would abuse an animal, looking at the reasoning behind human violence in general. Finally, The Progressive is a journal which describes itself as "a voice for peace, social justice, and the common good". They cover many topics from human rights to environmental issues, including articles on animals. For instance, they have written informative articles on making progress against animal abuse, which can be prevented in part by educating people on the matter.