AR-News: (US) Animal groups get 'worked up' over incidents,
deputy prosecutor says
info at animalconcerns.org
Sat Aug 16 10:35:17 EDT 2003
[from Muncie Star Press]
MUNCIE - A Delaware County deputy prosecutor investigating animal abuse
allegations said Friday he was surprised by the "fanatical" attitudes of
some local humane groups.
"The leaders of the various factions, it almost approaches a fanatic
level," said Deputy Prosecutor Mark McKinney.
"I understand it, but there's a part of me that wishes people would get
that worked up over the abuse of children and women," McKinney said. "I
don't see the uprising when I prosecute a child abuse case. It's almost
Terri Panszi, founder of Animal Rescue Fund (ARF), said the depth of
feeling of animal activists was understandable - and served a purpose for
people as well.
Numerous animal activists, as well as Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, have also
cited the number of serial killers who, as children or young adults,
In a 2001 statement, Kucinich amended a juvenile crime control act before
Congress to include language on animal cruelty.
"Research studies confirm a strong correlation between animal abuse and
violence against humans," Kucinich said in remarks made at the time.
"[Serial killers] Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy and the Boston Strangler,
Albert DeSalvo, began their murderous careers by abusing animals."
Contact news reporter Keith Roysdon at 213-5828.
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