In early 2013, Australian photographer and animal rights advocate Sam Edmonds captured a series of heartwarming portraits. This group of homeless children and stray dogs are best friends in Bangladesh and rely on one another for survival, fun, intimacy and family.
Sam Edmonds found the boys and their pets during a trip to Bangladesh, in a park named Robindra Shorbod. He decided to capture their unique relationship in a photo project titled Robindro Boys. The boys, who are either orphans or have been separated from their families, struggle to survive by begging and selling plastic scrap, but they share all their food with their dogs.
In Bangladesh dog culling is a common practice whereby stray animals are picked up from the streets and inhumanely killed for fear of spreading rabies. Thanks to the efforts of Obhoyaronno, this has been terminated in Dhaka. Obhoyaronno controls stray dog populations through a Catch-Neuter-Vaccinate-Release program, or CNVR, meaning that instead of killing dogs who may or may not be infected with rabies, they capture and treat dogs before releasing them back to the exact place in which they were found.
This fear of rabies has unfortunately led to a phobia surrounding dogs and yet the boys of Robindra Shorbod have shown that compassion leads to no disease but wagging tails and a friend in waiting.
Even in the dire times that these friends live in, it indeed shimmers hope that they’ve found in each other to be what they were meant to be, innocent. They may not have gone to a school but they know this much is true.
What do serial killers like Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and David Berkowitz have in common?
Each has a history of animal abuse and confessed to brutally killing animals during their childhood. Animal abuse is often the first sign of serious disturbance among adolescent and adult killers. “Murderers … very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids,” says Robert K. Ressler, who developed profiles of serial killers for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI is tracking animal cruelty cases now to help nab such criminals early.
The Warning Signs
Psychologists are increasingly focused on animal abuse in childhood as a warning sign. When a child of any age shows intentional cruelty toward animals that is repeated, severe and without remorse, this should be taken very seriously.
“Serial killers are closely linked to animal cruelty, so much so that it is exceedingly rare to find one who did not begin his or her career with animal abuse,” explains Dr. Harold Hovel in a 2015 report by the New York State Humane Association.
An approximate 70% of people convicted of violent crimes in USA began their criminal careers with acts of animal cruelty. #research#facts
According to a New South Wales newspaper, a police study in Australia revealed that 100 percent of sexual homicide offenders examined had a history of animal cruelty.
The USA school shooters, in over 50% of the cases since 1990, regularly abused animals at some point during their childhoods.
According to a study reported in “DA’s Link Pet Abuse, Domestic Violence,” it is estimated that 40% of women remained in the abusive household/relationship due to a very real fear of what could happen to the family pet if they left.
In a welcome initiative, the FBI is now tracking data on animal cruelty cases throughout the USA, to prevent animal abuse and help flag those who might become violent offenders. In a partnership with the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Animal Welfare Institute, animal cruelty crimes will now have their own organized category within the FBI’s public collection of national crime statistics. Previously animal abuse fell into an “other crimes” category which includes minor offenses like spitting.
This data would help police look for patterns of animal abuse as well and thus better allocate their resources. The database includes information like age, criminal history, and location.Animal rights organizations can also reallocate resources based on the new federal data by focusing their attention and finances on a specific region of the country or a certain age demographic that seems most prone to animal violence.
This long due exercise would hopefully help animals and humans alike by identifying potential offenders.