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Most children learn compassion and tolerance with their pets, but some who witness cruelty to animals from an early age can grow up to be violent against other people.

Cruelty to animals often can lead to violence against humans. The connection will be explained when an animal cruelty investigator for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona speaks on the topic Wednesday night at the Woods Memorial Branch Library. Read more»

There's a link between cruelty to animals and acts committed by violent criminals, an animal cruelty investigator told University of Arizona law students on Wednesday. Read more»

A bullfight at Plaza de los Toros in Cancún, Mexico, on May 3, 2007.

Activists who gathered in Lima last week to protest the mistreatment of bulls agree: "Bullfighting promotes violence, torture and cruelty to animals for no reason," William Soberon, of the Anti-Bullfighting Front of Peru, told La Republica. "We're not in the colonial era." Read more» 1

San Francisco, named for the patron saint of animals, is considering a ban to stop the sale of pets — including cats, dogs, snakes, birds, hamsters and even goldfish — in a bid to end animal cruelty. Read more»

A vervet monkey was beaten, stoned and burned to death in a South African township when residents believed it was a witch speaking to them.

Animal welfare groups in South Africa have condemned the “barbaric” killing of a vervet monkey by a mob of township residents who said it was a talking witch. Read more»