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Unformatted text preview: were derived from personal interviews with 152 criminals and noncriminals in Knasas and
Connecticut. A standardized, closed, and open-ended interview, requiring approximately 1-2 hours
to complete, was administered to all subjects. Aggressiveness was defined by behavioral criteria
rather than by reason for incarceration.
“Childhood cruelty toward animals occurred to a significantly greater degree among aggressive
criminals than among nonaggressive criminals or noncriminals. Additionally, the occurrence of
more than 40 cases of extreme animal cruelty facilitated the development of a preliminary
classification of nine distinct motivations for animal cruelty. Finally, family violence, particularly
paternal abuse and alcoholism, were significantly more common among aggressive criminals with
a history of childhood cruelty toward animals.” Joyce Tischler
Rights For Nonhuman Animals: A Guardianship Model for Dogs and Cats
14 SAN DIEGO LAW REVIEW 484 (1977) IV. Newspapers (including legal newspapers)
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