Letter to Connecticut Reps Amann and Urban Regarding Formation of Task Force to Study Link Between Childhood Cruelty to Animals and Adult Violent Acts

March 11, 2008

P.O. Box 1406 Newport, WA 99156
Web Site http://www.povn.com/rdows E-mail US rdows@povn.com
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Cherie Graves, Chairwoman, WA, (509) 447-2821
Judy Schreiber, Assistant to the Chair,
Director at Large, rdowsdirectoratlarge@chevalier-bullterriers.com
Elizabeth Pensgard, Executive Secretary, Illinois Director, bpensgard@yahoo.com
Hermine Stover, Media Liaison, Director at Large, CA, hermine@endangeredspecies.com
Mary Schaeffer, Finance Director, finedogs@hotmail.com
Arizona Director, John Bowen, johnalldogs@sprintmail.com
California Director, Jan Dykema, bestuvall@sbcglobal.net
Indiana Director, Charles Coffman, candkcoffman@comcast.net
Iowa Director, Leisa Boysen, rdows_iowa@yahoo.com
Mississippi Director, Dan Crutchfield, farmer1@telepak.net
Nevada Director, Ken Sondej, 4winds@viawest.net
Tennessee Director, Gina Cotton, ginacotton@msn.com
Texas Director, Alvin Crow, crobx@austin.rr.com

March 8, 2008

Rep. James Amann, Speaker of the House
Rep. Diana Urban, Chair

Dear Mr. Speaker and Chairwoman Urban:

It was with great concern that I learned that you are in the process of forming a task force to study the link between cruelty to animals by children and violent acts by adults, particularly as there are only a handful of children under the age of 18 who are charged with animal cruelty offenses in Connecticut, and even fewer convictions. The American Sporting Dog Alliance (ASDA) fears that this task force “will have the unintended consequence of allowing extremist animal rights groups access to the state’s legal system, schools and children’s minds…” This is a legitimate concern since animal rights as a concept originated in Nazi Germany.

Though it is seemingly unknown by many, Hitler was a socialist and introduced much of his ideology under the guise of what was good for the collective. This meant singling out individuals and groups who were not thought to serve any utilitarian purpose: the handicapped, recidivists, homosexuals, and other “socially inappropriate” individuals. As we all well know, Hitler found about 11 million people who did not serve a utilitarian purpose. It is amazing how genocide can always be explained at the outset in terms of semantics. Today’s “socially inappropriate” individuals are tomorrow’s genocides.

A task force need not be convened to discover what causes children to commit acts of cruelty on animals. Animal cruelty committed by children is usually resultant of permissive parenting, a lack of parental attentiveness, and/or parental abuse. As competent adults, however, the commission of criminal acts is always a choice made by someone who is cognizant enough to know that what they are doing is wrong. Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer maintained that he began abusing animals in order to deal with his parents’ divorce, but in the end, he took full responsibility for his actions and said his brutal crimes were a choice; a choice which he paid for with his own life. Justice via the legal system (not “justice” as in the case of Dahmer who was beaten to death in prison) is the price to be paid for committing crimes, no matter how severe. You cannot, however, punish an individual for “pre-crimes” under the assumption that because they, for instance, abuse animals, they will go on to become hardened criminals. The choice to commit anything from armed robbery to serial killing is just that, a choice, and there is no way to determine who will make that choice and who will not. Worse, I worry about the kind of pre-determiners for such behavior, who would decide what the “risk factors” would be, and what actions should be taken based on such arbitrary “evidence.”

Please reconsider convening this task force as its consequences could be greater than even you know.


Elizabeth Pensgard
Executive Secretary and Illinois Director, Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States
Director, Responsible Dog Owners Group of Illinois



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