Police to target animal cruelty offenders
August 17, 2006 10:25am
NEW South Wales Police Minister Carl Scully has urged police and welfare groups to identify animal cruelty offenders because they may graduate to attacks on women and children.
Juveniles who commit acts of cruelty against animals often posed a threat to people later in life, Mr Scully said today.
Research in NSW and overseas has shown that some people who commit acts of cruelty on animals as a juvenile may go on to more violent behaviour later in life.
There were many notable instances of people who tortured animals in their youth going on to commit serious violent or sexual offences against women and children, Mr Scully said.
Notorious criminals like Port Arthur gunman Martin Bryant, one of the Anita Cobby killers John Travers and US serial killer Ted Bundy all had a history of animal cruelty, he said.
Mr Scully and NSW Police Commissioner Ken Moroney are today hosting a seminar exploring the links between animal cruelty offenders and domestic violence, child abuse and other offences.
Representatives from NSW Police, the RSPCA, Animal Welfare League, Department of Community Services and of corrective services are attending.
Mr Scully said he has asked police to establish a close working relationship with animal and family welfare agencies to prevent animal cruelty offenders committing even more appalling crimes.