Dear Editor:

If the Fresno State University student who is accused of sexually assaulting a sheep is found guilty, it’s crucial that he receives the strongest sentence available, including counseling and a ban on contact with animals.

Animal abusers tend to be repeat offenders, and many also commit similar crimes against members of their own species. The FBI uses reports of cruelty in gauging the threat potential of suspected and known criminals, and the American Psychiatric Association identifies all forms of cruelty to animals as diagnostic criteria for conduct disorders.

It’s vital that animal abusers receive intervention to prevent their violence from continuing. I urge readers to notify police immediately if they know or suspect that someone is harming animals. Visit to learn more.


Kristin Simon, Cruelty Casework Associate Manager

Emergency Response Team

Cruelty Investigations Department

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

501 Front St.

Norfolk, VA 23510