I just came across this interesting info at
researchconnections.webs.com about the Culture of Abuse.
Excerpt from Wikipedia on the subject Animal Abuse:
Main article: Cruelty to animals
See also: :Category:Cruelty to animals
Animal abuse is the infliction of suffering or harm upon animals, other than humans, for purposes other than self-defense. More narrowly, it can be harm for specific gain, such as killing animals for fur. Diverging viewpoints are held by jurisdictions throughout the world.”