Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment
The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to
promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community
and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful
From the Fall 1998 Newsletter
The Culture of Violence:
The Animal Connection
A slide show, presented by MHVS Board Member Constance Young, explored how
children get caught up in a "culture of violence." Are humans naturally
predisposed to aggression or violence- or do we learn to be violent?
Sociologists claim that much violent behavior is learned. Moreover, social history
has shown that these abusive actions are, in large measure, gained by using animals as
targets. There is a proven relationship between cruelty towards animals and violence
towards people-as evidenced in the case histories of Jeffrey Dahmer, Son of Sam, the
recent Jonestown shootings, and in the histories of many other violent criminals.
This slide show, prepared by Psychologists for Ethical Treatment of Animals
(PsyETA) and psychologist Kenneth Shapiro, and presented by Constance Young, was held at
the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Kingston, New York on Sunday, August 23.
The presentation gave an overview of violent behavior from the sociologist's
perspective. It also presented some non-violent social models involving animals to help
promote caring behavior.
For more information call Connie Young at 518-398-6339.
Return to Fall 1998 Newsletter
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