An increasingly large body of research and literature
provides compelling evidence supporting the conclusion that
serious violence against animals is an early warning sign
of future violence against people. Clinical evidence also
suggests that animal cruelty is a symptom seen at the earliest
stages of conduct disorder. In fact, animal cruelty is now
seen as an indicator that there could be other forms of abuse
present in the home, such as domestic violence or child abuse.
The connection between human violence and animal cruelty
is a primary interest and concern of The Snyder Foundation.
By assisting professionals in education, social services,
family violence, nursing, law enforcement, the judiciary,
and the faith community, we promote cross-reporting and cross-training.
We have joined forces with a growing number of animal protection
organizations and community agencies by making this issue
a centerpiece of our outreach.