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July 21, 2011
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Conneticut HB 6226 was signed into law and will require crossposting of child abuse and animal cruelty. For years researchers have studied the close occurrences of animal abuse and domestic violence.

The legislation was introduced by State Representative Diana Urban (D-North Stonington) and goes into effect on October 1,2011. Municipal, regional, and state employees of the Department of Children and Family Services will be required to report to the Department of Agriculture commissioner any instances of reasonably suspected animal cruelty or neglect. The information forwarded from the animal cruelty officers to the Division of Children and Family Services can then be opened as an active investigation.


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Statistics show that in cases of animals being abused, there is an 80 percent chance that child abuse is also happening as animal cruelty presents itself as a red flag for continued violent behavior.

On October 1, 2012 the Department of Children and Family Services will go even further and develop and implement training of employees to help them identify animal cruelty and the relationship to child welfare. The training will assist case workers to identify and report child abuse and neglect to animal control officers.

Several states have already instituted similar legislation. They are California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Congratulations to Connecticut for taking the initiative to protect families and animals.Every state should follow suit.


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for those who do not know
or who choose not too,
obtuse
there are many faces of
both sides of abuses
the victims can be children,
husbands or wives
family pets
trying to go about their lives
where abuse starts we cannot say
but it is up to all of us
to make it go away

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


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  1. Katherine permalink
    July 21, 2011 2:38 pm

    Just read this, published today regarding children and exposing them to violence: http://politicswildlife.blogspot.com/2011/07/violence-and-well-being-of-children.html

    We need to get serious about children understanding animal abuse – of all animals, including wildlife and farm animals. We are diminishing their capacity for empathy.

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  2. July 21, 2011 9:21 pm

    The direct link between animal abuse and human abuse has been proven many times over. It is NOW TIME to start to enact and enforce laws to protect both living beings.

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