Target: Deborah Young, founder of Juno’s Place
Goal: Thank the animal welfare organization Juno’s Place for raising awareness about both animal and domestic abuse and the relationship between them
Domestic violence and animal abuse often go hand-in-hand. Statistics have shown that when domestic violence is present in a home, the lives of pets are also in danger. The same can be said if the situation is reversed. Juno’s Place in Worcester, Massachusetts is campaigning to bring awareness to both of these issues and their relationship. For working to protect the lives of all family members, Juno’s Place deserves our gratitude.
Deborah Young, founder of Juno’s Place, has been reaching out to homes and communities for decades to inform people about animal welfare and rescues. Recently, however, Deborah has been researching and identifying the links between animal cruelty and domestic violence. Her studies have revealed that people who act violently toward his or her spouse, partner, or child also act violently toward animals. It is a common occurrence in domestic violence situations for animals to be used in threats, such as threatening to kill a pet if a partner leaves his or her aggressor. It is Deborah’s hope that authorities more closely monitor animal abusers in order to prevent domestic violence. “I am all for stiffer penalties for animal abusers,” she said, “and I hope that police, social services and animal control will start working together so we can protect everyone. Not just the animals but their human family members.” She also added, “If authorities can see, in a home, that an animal is being abused or neglected, there is a good chance that if they look around they will find that there is something else going on in the home. It might help to save a kid’s life, or at least their childhood.”
The campaign ads read: “Not all victims of abuse can dial 911.” She hopes that red flags will be examined taken seriously and lead to further investigation, which is why she has named the campaign “Speak Up.” “Many times in cases like these, women are afraid to leave their abusive partner because they are afraid of what will happen to their pets,” she said. “This will make that decision much easier for them.”
Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank Deborah and Juno’s Place for their decades of incredible work and for striving to protect all members of a family.
Dear Deborah Young,
For several decades you have been campaigning to protect and rescue animals. Recently, however, you have taken your work a step further and are working to raise awareness about the relationship between animal abuse and domestic violence, which more often than not, coexist in a household. Animals are unable to speak up about their circumstances, and it is often just as difficult for those who are being abused to have a voice, but if authorities and citizens can learn to spot the signs in one, perhaps more than one family member can be saved.
Thank you so much for all of the work you have done and for showing the world that the health and welfare of all members of a family matters.
[Your Name Here]
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