Killer had history of animal cruelty

A report in the Courier-Mail this weekend gives me cause to repeat the fact I mentioned in a recent post about the clear link between people committing cruelty to animals and violence to humans.

The newspaper quoted from a psychiatric report for Francis Michael Fahey, who has just been given two life sentences for murdering two prostitutes in Brisbane. The report states that “he enjoyed cruelty to pigs and was emotionally abusive of his children.”

I wonder if his cruelty towards pigs was known to anyone prior to his committing the murders and whether the cruelty was reported.

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  1. We do not have a task force for crimes against animalas.
    Its not taken seruiosly at all.

    The Animal Welfare act is the only act of parliment not enforced in this country.

    Until acts against animal cruelty are taken very seriously nothing will change.

  2. Incidents over the last year or so here in Sydney regarding animal cruelty should go hand-in-hand with the element you report here in support of enhancing the laws governing instances of animal abuse. If we don’t think it’s serious at these early stages, it’s too late to do much about it after people start dying. Prevention is too often seen as too hard.

  3. Andrew, the Yahoo news report doesn’t mention anything about animal cruelty. Did you get that straight out of the psychiatric report?
    I ask mainly in the interests of accuracy. For, in view of the fact that Fahey was once an ambulance worker, it could just as likely be that the man has PTSD, and that this has affected his behaviour.

  4. PS should have added:
    IOW, his propensity for cruelty could be a symptom, not a cause.

  5. Lesley

    I took it from an article in Saturday’s Courier-Mail, which unfortunately is not online. It claims to be quoting direct from the report.

    I don’t suggest there is a single, simple, unidirectional relationship in every single circumstance, but there is a fair bit of solid research around now which shows a direct relationship.

    In his case, it may be PTSD which was the main factor in both his animal cruelty and his far worse actions of murder. My point is that people who have a propensity for animal cruelty often have a greater likelihood to be also engaging in violence to people.

  6. I doubt the object of the cruelty has any causality or dierct relationship, ratehr the underrlyuing pathology of anti social / violent behaviour would be aplied indisciminatly to animate or inanimate objects on triggered impulse.

  7. The bottom line is that we must take animal abuse seriously, both as personal behaviour, and as corporate behaviour, and give animals real legal protection that is worth activating.

    It diminishes us all, and Australia, if we behave as though abuse of any kind does not matter. Unchecked abuse leads to more abuse. The long distance live export industry is an example that cannot be condoned.

    Margaret

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  9. I volunteer in an animal shelter in Queensland, and not long ago we received a puppy who was returned to the shelter because the couple’s son was too ‘rough’.

    The puppy was distressed, flighty, and it wasn’t long before I noticed his whiskers had been hacked at with scissors.

    Whilst grateful that the family did the right thing by returning the animal, my concern lies in their ability to go on purchasing and bringing home animals which could be potentially harmed by their child.

    The United States has a website which lists the names and locations of known animal abusers (not that I am saying the aforementioned family fall into this category) which is used both to prevent them from accessing animals commercially – buying them as pets – and the police are beginning to utilise it, potentially to track down generally violent persons.

    I think a system similar to this would be valuable in policing animal welfare in Australia.

    (I note that the issue of privacy would also require consideration.)

  10. With what horse lover said, the examples of cruelty towards these creatures is unbearable. What the people of Palm Island are doing is an untolerable act that the queensland government should help stop. The RSPCA is doing a lot to stop these acts of cruelty however the government is not interested. To me it seems like the government is more interested in tax, sending troopes over to Iraq and themselves, instead of god’s creature.
    I can tolerate a lot of things however the government slacking off and not helping worthy organisations such as the RSPCA to stop these acts of indecency towards horses and other animals is one think i can not, CAN NOT tolerate. So for the Queensland and Australian Government please get off backsides and help stop these acts of cruelty and make this world a better place not just for humans but for all of god’s creatures.

  11. As I said before, please read this website to find out what our government isn’t doing to help our creatures.
    http://www.horseproblems.com.au/horse_problems_on_animal_cruelty.htm
    These are some of th things you can read:

    • BRUMBIES having their legs bound tightly together with wire and beaten with blocks of wood;

    • A MARE being slashed with a sickle before battery acid was poured over its wounds;

    • A MARE in foal being stabbed in the stomach;

    • A HORSE deliberately wedged between a pole and a house and left to die;

  12. Andrew, I can say as someone directly involved with the information you are quoting that,

    1. The cruelty to animals was taken from family impact statements.
    2. The psychiactric evalution reference was on those statements and those made by Mr Fahey at the time of police interview.

    I understand there is evidence throughout the world that supports the links between animal cruelty and violence against humans, but in these type’s of cases, citing media reports that contain small amounts of information for the sole purpose of selling their paper’s, is probably not in anybody’s best intrest.

  13. This is all a crock of crap. There was no torturing of pigs, no prolonged deaths, none of what you perseved to have happened. It was simply shooting of wild feral pigs, and if I remember correctly sometimes it disturbed him. You seem to think that he got some sort of perverted gratification out of it. How about you leave that to the other killers out there that have a history from childhood of turtoring and killing puppy’s and kittens who got sexual ad mental gratification out of it. Maybe you should all get your facts right before you put your opinion out there. There are plenty of people that go out and shoot feral animals, but don’t go out and kill innocent people. There are no parallel’s to what my father did to those two women and him going “pigging”. Get a grip.

  14. While the judiciary – particularly in recent times in NSW and Tasmania – continue to deliver “slaps on the wrist” for gross animal abuse, nothing will change. Even when the legislation is there, it is not applied, or perpetrators are protected by “Codes of Practice”. Brendan Francis McMahon in Sydney who tortured, mutilated, skinned and butchered dozens of rabbits and a guinea pig, won an appeal because “the drugs made him do it”. The appeal judge determined that he had a “:mental illness”. Someone needs to apprise these “eminent” judges that smoking copious quantities of methamphetamine is in fact a lifestyle choice, it is NOT a mental illness.

  15. PS Pet shops should not be allowed to sell animals. This apology for a human being was able to keep on and on buying rabbits on his corporate credit card. No care, no responsibility. They need to be stopped, or so strictly regulated that it becomes not worth it.

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