A PETA India undercover investigation reveals filth, disease and cruelty in India's fishing industry.
Watch the video that exposes the cruelty and suffering that go into every piece of leather, fur, wool, and exotic skin that you wear, then ask yourself and everyone you know, "Whose skin are you in?"
Violent acts towards animals have long been recognised as indicators of
a dangerous psychopathology that does not confine itself to animals. "Anyone
who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as
worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives",
wrote humanitarian Dr Albert Schweitzer.
Robert K Ressler, who developed profiles of serial killers for the US
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), states, "Murderers ... very often
start out by killing and torturing animals as kids". Studies have now
convinced sociologists, lawmakers and the courts that acts of cruelty to
animals deserve our attention. They can be the first sign of a dangerous
pathology that threatens humans as well.
Animal abuse is not just the result of a minor personality flaw in the abuser
but rather a symptom of a deep mental disturbance. Research in psychology and
criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals don't stop
there; many of them move on to their fellow humans.
The FBI has found that a history of cruelty to animals regularly appears in the
backgrounds of serial rapists and murderers, and the standard diagnostic and
treatment manual for psychiatric and emotional disorders lists cruelty to
animals as a diagnostic criterion for conduct disorders.
A study conducted in the US by Northeastern University and the Massachusetts SPCA
found that people who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit
violent crimes against humans. The majority of inmates on death row in
California's San Quentin State Prison "practiced" their crimes on
animals, according to the prison's warden.
Minister of State, Ministry of Environment and Forests
C-1/9, Lodhi Gardens, Rajesh Pilot Marg
New Delhi 110003
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