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To this end, Kellert and Felthous’ (1985) nine motivations have been referred to. , use of extreme punishment for a perceived transgression on the part of the animal such as throwing a cat against a wall for vomiting in the house), (iii) acting out of prejudice against a particular species or breed. Such a motivation is accompanied by the belief that the particular animal is not worthy of moral consideration (cf. , killing or maiming the companion animal of a disliked neighbour), (viii) displacement of aggression from a person to an animal.
Indirect aggression increases for girls and physical aggression increases for boys. Both males and females are equally likely to become more verbally aggressive (Crick & Grotpeter, 1995; Laperspetz & Bjorkqvist, 1992). 28 Animal Cruelty, Antisocial Behaviour and Aggression In addition to reflecting increasing socialization to societal norms, the overall decrease in aggressive behaviours documented during this developmental period involves the development of self-control over emotion otherwise referred to as emotion regulation (Keenan & Shaw, 2003).
Moreover, frequent engagement in aggressive acts promotes automatic and non-conscious processing such that instrumental consideration of potential consequences can occur without awareness (Bargh & Pietromonaco, 1982; Schneider & Shiffrin, 1977). On balance, given the inherent difficulties involved in sub-typing aggression, Anderson and Huesmann (2003) have concluded that it is more useful to characterize aggressive behaviour as varying along identified dimensions. Such a strategy acknowledges the multidimensional nature of aggressive behaviours.
Animal Cruelty, Antisocial Behaviour, and Aggression: More than a Link by Eleonora Gullone (auth.)