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John Robbins is the author of nine bestsellers that have collectively sold more than 3 million copies and been translated into 31 languages.  These include Diet for a New America, The Food Revolution, and Healthy at 100. John is Founder and Board Chair Emeritus of EarthSave International, and Co-Founder and President of the 350,000+ member Food Revolution Network. He is recipient of the Rachel Carson Award, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award, Green America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and many other accolades. He lives with his wife of 50+ years, Deo, in California.

Ocean Robbins is co-founder and CEO of the 350,000+ member Food Revolution Network, adjunct professor in Chapman University’s Peace Studies Department, and co-author with his dad, bestselling author John Robbins, of Voices of the Food Revolution. He launched Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) at age 16, and directed the organization for 20 years. Ocean has spoken in person to more than 200,000 people and facilitated hundreds of gatherings for leaders from 65+ nations.  He is a recipient of many awards, including the Freedom's Flame Award and the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service.  Learn more about his work at www.foodrevolution.org

Thomas Wade Jackson is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and musician. He received his Masters Degree from Florida State University's prestigious College of Motion Picture Arts, where his thesis film, Slow Dancin’ Down the Aisles of the QuickCheck won both the Student Academy Award and the Student Emmy Award, as well as 20 other awards and honors. The film's screenplay, and an interview with Thomas, is included in the fourth edition of the book Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect, published by Focal Press.

He is currently directing The Compassion Project, a feature length documentary that encourages those on a spiritual or religious path to live the compassion that is at the heart of their faith tradition's teachings. 
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Compassion Monitoring Against Abuse -  Legislative Bill: (Compassion Bill)

The heartbeat for The Great Compassion March will be this proposed landmark Compassion Bill. Legislatively driven to influence government to implement permanent and effective video monitoring of abuse nation-wide, by civilian monitoring.

Whereas, The Compassion Bill will help hasten respect for all sentient beings by monitoring Abuse of Children, Woman, Disabled, Elderly, and Animals.  There is a strong link between animal abuse and human abuse according to The Humane Society of the United States, quoting a Michigan State College of Law Study [1].

There a connection between animal abuse and criminal violence. A number of studies have drawn links between the abuse of animals and violence against people.  A 2001-2004 study by the Chicago Police Department "revealed a startling propensity for offenders charged with crimes against animals to commit other violent offenses toward human victims."  Of those arrested for animal crimes, 65% had been arrested for battery against another person. [i]

Of 36 convicted multiple murderers questioned in one study, 46% admitted committing acts of animal torture as adolescents. [ii] And of seven school shootings that took place across the country between 1997 and 2001, all involved boys who had previously committed acts of animal cruelty. 

Therefore, because of this connection between animal abuse and criminal violence legislation is needed to curtail human and animal suffering.

Overview

The Compassion Bill would call for legislation to enact civil monitoring of all forms of abuse and violations.  Civilians will be given the means to monitor and report directly to authorities.  Internet streaming cameras would be placed in conspicuous areas of Children, Woman, Disabled, Elderly, and Animals.  These video feeds would be viewable on a website for civil monitoring of abuse.  Alleged abuse violations could then be reported to authorities for further investigation from the evidence of the video recorded.

There would be live online video streams for any concerned citizen to monitor and to report a problem. Video footage would be kept for a week and if any reported problem for any day would then be kept indefinitely pending evaluation and possible legal action.

A public relations campaign will expose abuses in social media driving traffic and civil monitoring of the website to help report abuse.

For all slaughterhouses, nationwide there would be mandatory cameras to monitor slaughterhouse practices and workers for animal cruelty, safety, and hygiene violations. Cameras would be placed in all areas where animals are moved, held, immobilized, stunned and killed.

Nursing Homes and Care Facilities: According to the federal government, more than one out of four nursing homes are so substandard they threaten their patients' health. In some cases, elderly patients have been physically abused by the very people entrusted to care for them. With such horrors in mind, a federal compassion bill could give nursing-home residents the right to install video streaming cameras in their rooms to detect and prevent neglect or abuse.

Animal laboratories, mental institutions, orphanages, prisons and anywhere animals or humans could be subjected to neglect, or physical, emotional, or mental abuse compassion camera monitoring could be extended.

The goal of this bill would be to move toward a more compassionate society by having the ability to monitor where abuse often occurs or could potentially occur and an easy reporting system for such violations.  Where citizens monitor the video feeds and see abuse in real-time or recent recorded history, a concern can be reported via web-based submittal for legal review by proper authorities.    

How does animal abuse relate to domestic abuse?

Pet abuse is one of four predictors of domestic partner violence, according to a six-year "gold standard" study conducted in 11 metropolitan cities. [iii] In both domestic violence and child-abuse situations, abusers may manipulate and control their human victims through threatened or actual violence against family pets. 

Researchers have found that between 71% and 83% of women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their partners also abused or killed the family pet. And another study found that in families under supervision for physical abuse of their children, pet abuse was concurrent in 88% of the families. [iv]

Can animal neglect indicate abuse toward people?

Animal abuse in the form of neglect is often one of the first indicators of distress in the household. Whether owing to lack of empathy, mental illness, or substance abuse, a person who fails to provide minimal care for the family pet is more likely to neglect the basic needs of other dependents in the household. In many cases, children found living in the squalor of neglected pets are taken into foster care. 

Animal hoarding is an extreme example of how life-threatening neglect affects both people and animals. By the time an animal hoarding situation is discovered, the unsanitary conditions and lack of care may have killed a large number of the animals and compromised the health of dependent children or elders in the household.

Is animal abuse in children normal?

No. Children who abuse animals are sending out clear warning signs that they pose a risk to themselves as well as to others. The National School Safety Council, the U.S. Department of Education, the American Psychological Association, and the National Crime Prevention Council agree that animal cruelty is a warning sign for at-risk youth. [v] 

Longitudinal studies show that chronic physical aggression (e.g., animal cruelty) by elementary school boys increases the likelihood they will commit continued physical violence as well as other nonviolent forms of delinquency during adolescence. [vi]

A child who abuses animals may also be acting out against violence in his own home. [vii]. Professional intervention can remove a child from a potentially abusive situation and divert him or her from future abusive behavior.

Experts agree that early prevention and treatment of animal cruelty is the key to stopping the cycle of violence because as aggressive children get older, they are less responsive to therapeutic intervention [viii].

[i] Degenhardt, B. 2005. Statistical Summary of Offenders Charged with Crimes against Companion Animals July 2001-July 2005. Report from the Chicago Police Department.
[ii] Cohen, W. (1996). Congressional Register, 142(141), Oct. 3.
[iii] Walton-Moss, B. J., Manganello, J., Frye, V., & Campbell, J. C. (2005). "Risk factors for intimate partner violence and associated injury among urban women." Journal of Community Health, 30(5), 377–389.
[iv] DeViney, E., Dickert, J., & Lockwood, R. (1983). "The care of pets within child abusing families." International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems, 4, 3321–3329.
[v] Randour, M. L. (2004). "Including animal cruelty as a factor in assessing risk and designing interventions." Conference Proceedings, Persistently Safe Schools, The National Conference of the Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence, Washington, D.C.
[vi] Broidy, L. M., Nagin, D. S., Tremblay, R. E., Bates, J. E., Brame, B., Dodge, K., Fergusson, D., Horwood, J., Loeber, R., Laird, R., Lynam, D., Moffitt, T., Petitt, G. S., & Vitario, F. (2003). "Developmental trajectories of childhood disruptive behaviors and adolescent delinquency: A six site cross-national replication." Development and Psychopathology, 39(2), 222–245. 
[vii] Randour, M. L., & Davidson, H. (2008). A Common Bond: Maltreated Children and Animals in the Home: Guidelines for Practice and Policy. The Humane Society of the United States: Washington, D.C.
[viii] Kazdin, A. E. (1995). Conduct Disorder in Childhood and Adolescence (2nd ed.). Sage: Thousand Oaks, Calif. and Loeber, R. (1990). "Development and risk factors in juvenile anti-social behavior and delinquency." Clinical Psychology Review, 10, 1–42.
[ix] Arluke, A., & Lockwood, R. (Eds.). (1997). Society & Animals, Special Theme Issue: Animal Cruelty,5(3). Society & Animals Forum (formerly Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals): Washington Grove, Md. 301-963-4751.
[x] The Humane Society of the United States. (2008). First Strike: The Violence Connection.
[xi] Ramsey, S., Randour, M.L., & Gupta, M. (2010). "Protecting Domestic Violence Victims by Protecting Their Pets." Juvenile and Family Justice Today 19(2), 16-20.
[xii] The Humane Society of the United States, 2008.
[1] Author: Cynthia Hodges:  Michigan State University College of Law, 2008, Citation:  Animal Legal & Historical Center, Summary: The article explores the connection between cruelty to animals and human violence. In particular, it examines animal abuse perpetrated by adolescents as a predictor of later human violence.

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