Relationship between animal abuse and human violence

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I made a post last summer about the relationship between animals and the christian spirituality in history. I haven't seen anything on a blog before or since about that dynamic, and relationship. It still seems to be a topic that has little attention.

Any way, the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, have a conference on 18th September, at Keble College, Oxford University.

From the web site:

"The purpose of the conference is to enable people to better understand the nature of animal abuse, the motivation that leads to cruel acts, and the implications for human as well as animal welfare. During the last 30 years evidence has been accumulating of a link between animal abuse and violence to humans or anti-social behaviour. The conference will document and explore the meaning of this link and the implications that should follow for the making of social and legal policy."