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22 March 2000 Issue
Resources for Dealing with Animal Abusers

Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PSYETA) recognize that animal abusers deserve not only jail time, but need psychological counseling. Many states now realize this. The cruelty statutes of California, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington authorize psychological counseling, making it more likely that judges will recommend treatment.

PSYETA has developed the AniCare Model Treatment Program for Animal Abusers. A cognitive behavioral model, AniCare "challenges maladaptive attitudes and beliefs about animals, explores family history, and educates clients about how social factors such as pseudo-masculinity and anthropocentrism, may encourage the abuse of animals."

A mental health professional can use the AniCare treatment model to help the abuser recognize and break the cycle of violence in which animal abuse leads to violence directed against humans.

If you would like to make law enforcement officials and social service providers in your area aware of the AniCare Model, you can reach PSYETA in Maryland at (301) 963-4751; or by e-mail at: kshapiro@igc.org or by regular mail at : PSYETA, PO Box 1297; Washington Grove, Maryland 20880-1297

Source: Artemisd123@hotmail.com 

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