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Pilot public talk to unpack the link between animal and human abuse

Pilot public talk to unpack the link between animal and human abuse

The Scientific Society will host a public talk, on 10 June at 19:00, on the link between animal abuse and human abuse, with a presentation from the Chief Executive Officer of Hidden-in-Sight, Mark Randel.

Randel’s a presentation will show how, 100% of sexual homicide offenders had a history of cruelty towards animals, 70% of all animal abusers had committed at least one other criminal offense and almost 40% have committed violent crimes against people, 63.3% of men who committed crimes of aggression admitted to cruelty to animals and 48% of rapists and 30% of child molesters reported committing animal abuse during childhood and adolescence.

“Until crimes against animals are seen for what they truly are, an indicator of community malfunction, or a sign of future human violence, they will be given the respect they deserve,” said Randell.

The Scientific Society has clarified that Randel does not reside in Namibia, therefore this talk is a pilot for bringing expertise to the country by modern technical means. Which means that the presentation was intended to be a live event via internet, but as they are not sure if local facilities will reliably provide sufficient speed and data, the presentation has been recorded in advance and questions and answers will be dealt with by means of conference call.

Mark Randell is an international expert and CEO of Hidden-in-Sight, an organization, who through their investigations and education, exposes cruelty and aims at training others how to use investigation in campaigns and prosecution cases, but also show how violence against animals is interlinked with violence against people.


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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.