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Animal Cruelty Issues: What Juvenile and Family Court Judges Need to Know
For the last decade, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Courts Judges (NCJFCJ) has intermittently explored the connections that animals have with the justice system. The NCJFCJ has addressed canine court companions and therapy pets in youth facilities at conference sessions, in newsletter articles, and by sharing information about these types of programs with specific courts. The NCJFCJ has coordinated with The Humane Society of the United States to publish articles regarding animals and the justice system in its membership magazine. In the spring 2010 edition of the Juvenile and Family Justice Today magazine, the NCJFCJ featured an article, “Protect Domestic Violence Victims by Protecting Their Pets,”1 which addressed safe haven programs for pets. In the spring 2012 edition of the same magazine, the NCJFCJ highlighted an article on “Cause for Concern: Juveniles and Crimes of Animal Cruelty,”2 which described the link between juveniles committing acts of animal cruelty and committing other forms of violence against humans, identified animal cruelty by juveniles as a predictor of future violence, and noted the connection between being a victim of child abuse and engaging in animal cruelty as a juvenile.
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Last Updated: 7/8/2020 11:08:50 AM
Keywords: Animal, Cruelty, Judges
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