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Animal Cruelty

American Humane opposes all acts of intentional or active cruelty toward animals and advocates for the appropriate protection of animals under law. We also recognize that acts of passive cruelty or neglect often require advocacy, education and other forms of intervention as well as appropriate legal action.

Further, we believe that acts of intentional animal cruelty may be indicators of serious psychological pathology and that the infliction of violence on animals is often a precursor to acts of violence perpetrated on vulnerable humans, including women and children, and should be recognized as such by legal and societal institutions in the creation of appropriate legal and societal processes and structures.