As a long-time animal campaigner I collect and research acts of violations against animals as part of my work.
Lately I have found it almost impossible to keep up with the number of acts of violence against animals here in Ireland, both domestic and wild.
The increase in the incidence of children torturing and killing sentient creatures is frightening. Numerous research studies have reported that childhood cruelty involving animals may be the first serious warning sign of later problems. This behaviour appears to be linked to conduct disorders, delinquency and criminal behaviour.
Until the judicial system recognises animal violations as the precursor to human abuse, we will have to deal with an increasing dysfunctional society.