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The Psychology of Animal Torture | Psychology Today

In addition to these reasons, there are many types of IATC, including individuals who do it (i) as a religious ritual sacrifice, (ii) as an ‘artistic’ sacrifice (e.g., killing animals in films such as the controversial ‘Cannibal Holocaust’), (iii) because they have psychological disorders (such as antisocial/psychopathic personality disorders and engage in deliberate acts of zoosadism), and/or (iv) because they have sexually paraphilic disorders (such as crush fetishism in which small animals are crushed for sexual pleasure). Additionally, there is some research showing that in some circumstances, IATC is sometimes used to coerce, control and intimidate women and/or children to be silent about domestic abuse within the home. Although any animal torture is shocking, arguably the most disturbing type of IATC is that which occurs amongst those with antisocial personalitydisorders.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-excess/201611/the-psychology-animal-torture

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