Several studies have shown links existing between acts of cruelty toward animals and violence toward human beings -- and it's hardly surprising that 31 states in the U.S. as well as the District of Columbia now recommend (or else mandate) judges to require counseling for persons convicted of animal cruelty. The aforesaid "links" -- and working to end both of these crimes -- are what we're discussing on today's ST. AniCare of Oklahoma, a local grassroots group sponsored by the nonprofit Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, will soon host a two-day AniCare Seminar here in Tulsa. Our guest will be an instructor at this seminar: Dr. Maya Gupta is the executive director of the Animals and Society Institute, or ASI, which is the official presenter of this seminar. The AniCare Seminar happens from 9am to 5pm on February 27th and 28th at College Hill Presbyterian Church (at 712 South Columbia). Gupta is an acknowledged expert of the so-called "AniCare approach" to dealing with animal abuse. This approach, per the ASI website, is "the first professionally developed psychological intervention program for animal abusers.... AniCare uses a cognitive-behavioral approach with direct interventions emphasizing the client's need to acknowledge accountability for his or her behavior. It involves both assessment and treatment that address seven major concepts: accountability, respect/freedom, reciprocity, accommodation, empathy, attachment, and nurturance." To learn more about the upcoming AniCare Seminar here in Tulsa, please see this link.