Motivations of Animal Cruelty Acts and Other Violence

  • Tia Hoffer
  • Holly Hargreaves-Cormany
  • Yvonne Muirhead
  • J Reid Meloy
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)


Motivations are difficult to measure since they rely on a combination of self-report from the offender, victim, crime scene, and act of violence. Animal victims cannot share their views of the offender’s behavior. Felthous (1986) noted that motivation is important to understand and along with Kellert presented nine motivations for animal cruelty.


Animal cruelty motivations Mental illness ASPD Latent class analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tia Hoffer
    • 1
  • Holly Hargreaves-Cormany
    • 2
  • Yvonne Muirhead
    • 3
  • J Reid Meloy
    • 4
  1. 1.Federal Bureau of InvestigationKapoleiUSA
  2. 2.Marymount UniversityArlingtonUSA
  3. 3.Federal Bureau of InvestigationSan AntonioUSA
  4. 4.University of CaliforniaLa JollaUSA

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