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Help Me With My Sociology Project!

Hey there,

I'm doing a project for my college sociology class about Animal Cruelty. First of all, I'm going to try to steer clear of topics such as horse racing and slaughter, because that is not the point that I am trying to get at. I'm talking about DOMESTIC animal abuse, such as people not feeding or treating their animals properly, or providing adequate vetcare for their animals. I'm posting this in the horse forum too to get a wide view of opinions on the topic. I'm off to a pretty good start, but heres a few topics that I have to cover:

Root Causes of Animal Cruelty

False Solutions (I.E., A solution that will only make it look like there is no more problem, but the underlying issues are still there)

Possible solutions as a whole

Criminal Charges against Animal Cruelty

Good links/organizations that I can give to the class.

The project is pretty broad, I have to stand up for ten minutes and just talk about this issue. I'm going to show a few youtube clips from shows such as Animal Cops and things like that. Any advice or knowledge is appreciated. Thank you!
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I don't know if this would be of any interest to you but recently on the news here in Southern California there was a new story about the former mayor of Beverly Hills whose home in Riverside California was raided by authorities on suspicion of animal cruelty. Apparently they found numerous dogs and puppies who were malnourished and living in squalid condition. This former mayor actually claimed she had rescued these animals, but clearly they had gone from bad to worse.

http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktl...,6459773.story
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Have a look and a listen to this. You'll find some good information to some of your questions, especially false solutions:


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There are some recent papers that are propsoing that animal hoarding is a type of mental illness....

If you get into what's done in the name of training, people can literally do just about anything without legal ramifications in the name of dog training.

You can look into welfare laws.... that becomes interesting with how many medical/research facilities can have better welfare requirements than many county animal shelters.

There are connections between animal abuse and abuse to people, there are a few papers on that you should be able to find through your school online journal search.
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Don't forget the animal cruelty that happens in puppy mills. I once did a 10 minute speech on that.

The whole history of how farmers started to do it for another source of income, and how these dogs are abused now.

This website: www.missourifordogs.com

tell you what the Missourians for the Protection of Dogs is trying to do for better conditions. ( It may not be the full answer, but it is a step in right direction ).

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Check out http://fuglyblog.com/ it deals primarily with horse abuse/neglect, not just the issues of slaughter. It provides specific details on cases and how difficult it is to prosecute the b******* who did such atrocious things. There was an update a few weeks ago on a mare who's face had been wrapped in barbed wire, shot in the head and dragged on the road attached to a trailer. They were just charging the guy even though that happened a year or two ago. (Amazingly, the mare is survived all that and is now in a safe, loving home doing well). I think the website has a search function so you can search for specific stuff. It might provide an overview on past cases that the person either was or wasn't charged for, and what the punishment was.
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Thank you so much, guys. Its going to be tough keeping this project under ten minutes! Keep the ideas rolling! The links were a great help.
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Go over to http://petfinder.com/forums/indes.php. Lots of rescue and shelter people who can give you first hand accounts.
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I'm sure you already did a search on the psychology of animal abuse. Lots of hits! If you do your search from your campus library or log in using a proxy or VPN, you should be able to find a lot of information in scientific journals.

I've posted this link before. I'm sure you have seen it.
http://www.pet-abuse.com/pages/abuse_connection.php


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