Community Event: Combat Animal Cruelty – Tucsonby Karyn Zoldan on Feb. 20, 2012, under Animal Cruelty, Animal Events
Renowned animal cruelty investigator presents the link to interpersonal violence
Animal Welfare Alliance of Southern Arizona (AWASA) proudly presents nationally recognized animal cruelty investigator Michael Duffey to speak about the link between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Woods Memorial Branch Library.
Duffey’s seminar will explain the ways in which animal cruelty often leads to violence against humans. Studies show that children raised in households that employ punitive forms of discipline, where parents are cruel to their pets, or basic humane values are not developed are more likely to act violently toward others starting as young as six years of age. Psychologically, children learn and practice positive social values such as compassion, tolerance, stewardship and empathy on animals first.
Furthermore, 71 percent of abused women report that their batterers have threatened to hurt or kill their pets or have done so.
Duffey is an animal cruelty investigator at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, educator, lecturer, and authority on animal cruelty prevention and investigations. He spent more than 34 years with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department in the roles of SWAT operator, nationally certified paramedic and hostage negotiator.
During his last eight years with the Sheriff’s Department, he was assigned as the first dedicated detective for Animal Crimes Investigations. He was also Co-Founder of the Animal Cruelty Task Force of Southern Arizona (A.C.T.) and has been elected Co-Chair of the Task Force each of its 11 years in existence.
Duffey also co-authored a training manual for animal crimes investigations (the TOOLS of Animal Cruelty Investigations), and has conducted training for several hundred law enforcement and animal control officers throughout the Southwest.
Duffey is an Honorary Member of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association and on the board of directors for the following organizations: International Veterinary Forensics Sciences Association (IVFSA), Arizona Coalition for Equines (ACE), Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary, and The Humane LINK.
Who: Animal Welfare Alliance of Southern Arizona (AWASA) presents
What: Seminar The Link between Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal Violence
When: Wednesday February 22, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – includes Q&A
Where: Woods Library Meeting Room, 3455 N. First Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85719
How: The event is free.
Please do not bring companion animals to the library.
Humane Society of Southern Arizona
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona was founded in 1944. The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, funded solely by donations and the services they offer to the public, receiving no government funding. HSSA is not a department of federal, state, county, or city government, nor affiliated with any other charitable organization. It stands on its own and saves the lives of thousands more animals than all other agencies in southern Arizona combined. Visit www.hssaz.org or call (520)327-6088.