Child animal cruelty cases referred to animal guardians

Press/Media: Research

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These reports are based upon a conference paper presented on Animal Guardians at our Human-Animal Interactions conference (3rd September 2018) 

Dr. Joanne Williams' research investigates the effects of puppy farming on dog behaviour and health.

Period4 Sep 2018

Media coverage

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Media coverage

  • TitleKitty cruelty: child aged four reported for specialist animal cruelty unit after killing two kittens in Edinburgh
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletScottish Sun
    Media typePrint
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date4/09/18
    DescriptionThis article written for the Sun reports on the discussion at a SPCA and University Joint Conference on a case where a four year old child killed two kittens. 25 children have been referred to the charity to take part in the Scottish Animal Guardians programme.

    Commenting on the case Professor Jo Williams stated that “It is difficult to attribute intention, but some have experienced adverse childhood experiences, some have not been diagnosed or have developmental difficulties or perhaps the parents are influencing their behaviour.

    But we know that human wellbeing and animal welfare are totally connected.”
    Producer/AuthorBlair Meikle
    PersonsJoanne Williams
  • TitleEdinburgh kitten killer aged four reported over animal cruelty
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletDaily Record
    Media typePrint
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date4/09/18
    DescriptionThis article written for the Daily Record reports on the discussion at a SPCA and University Joint Conference on a case where a four year old child killed two kittens. 25 children have been referred to the charity to take part in the Scottish Animal Guardians programme.

    Commenting on the case Professor Jo Williams stated that "“We know that human wellbeing and animal welfare are totally connected.”
    Producer/AuthorAlan McEwen
    PersonsJoanne Williams
  • TitleFour-year-old referred to specialist unit after killing pair of kittens
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletThe Scotsman
    Media typePrint
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date4/09/18
    DescriptionThis article written for the Scotsman reports on the discussion at a SPCA and University Joint Conference on a case where a four year old child killed two kittens. 25 children have been referred to the charity to take part in the Scottish Animal Guardians programme.

    Commenting on the case Professor Jo Williams stated that “It is difficult to attribute intention, but some have experienced adverse childhood experiences, some have not been diagnosed or have developmental difficulties or perhaps the parents are influencing their behaviour,” she said.

    “But we know that human wellbeing and animal welfare are totally connected.”

    Prof Williams will evaluate the effectiveness of the three-year Scottish Animal Guardians programme.
    Producer/AuthorShan Ross
    PersonsJoanne Williams