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Ban Exposure and Killing (Hunting) of Animals to Kids Under 12

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The time has arrived to review and revise the policy to allow the murder of animals in the forest to children under 12 in the guise of "hunting."  Nor should children under 12 ever be exposed to the dismemberment of animals killed in hunting.

"Since the 1970"s, research has consistently reported childhood cruelty to animals as the first warning sign of later delinquency, violence, and criminal behavior. In fact, nearly all violent crime perpetrators have a history of animal cruelty in their profiles. Albert deSalvo, the Boston Strangler found guilty of killing 13 women, shot arrows through dogs and cats he trapped as a child. Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold boasted about mutilating animals for fun." J. Johnston, Psychology Today.

"One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill and torture an animal and get away with it." Margaret Meade, Anthropologist.


"Identifying cases of animal abuse as soon as possible enhances the safety and well-being of children, animals, other family members and the community. Assess the seriousness of the situation: talk to the child and friends, teachers and classmates to try to uncover the child’s motivations. The incident could be exploratory, pathological, delinquent or criminal in nature or in response to mental health issues or reaction to trauma. 

The child should be held accountable for the actions and made to appreciate empathy for the animal’s feelings. In more serious incidents, counseling, other professional intervention, referrals to other social services agencies, or the filing of criminal charges may be warranted. A child’s revelation of other family violence may require reporting to child protection officials, and to animal care & control officials for removal of the animals."  National Link Coalition studying the connection between animal abuse and human abuse.


The state agencies that have regulated hunting such as Department of Environmental Protection are allegedly in bed with insurance companies to propagate false notions of "control" and "management" of nature in their devious bid to reduce their liabilities.  In our opinion, these entities seek to brainwash and program small children to enjoy killing animals at a young age with "young hunter programs" etc.  The age for hunting is lower and lower from state to state with many states not even possessing a hunter age limit.  And even though toddlers are not permitted to hunt, the hunters of legal age in the family bring home their kill for their toddlers to take pictures with and help dismember in an effort to prepare them to "live off the land" as they euphemistically describe the hunting culture.

The FBI has recently determined that killing animals is a gateway activity to harming vulnerable adults and felonies in each state must be reported to the FBI for permanent record.  

We therefore progressively request that no child under the age of 12 should ever be exposed to the killing of any animal including fish.  Children are desensitized to death and suffering.  Children are incapable of understanding the finality of death.  That just as sexual relations is an adult issue that minors should not be exposed to - neither should the dismemberment or "dressing" of a carcass killed by another family member be permitted in front a child.  This should be deemed child abuse and any family doing so should be reported to Child Protective Services.  

End legalized animal abuse by children, and violence in this country will accordingly decrease.  



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