Do all psychopaths hurt animals?
No. But many do.
There are seven (primary) reasons for a psychopath to hurt animals.
- They are sadists - this applies to about 2% of psychopaths
- They are curious - this usually only applies to children - many non psychopaths might hurt insects for the same reason but usually not higher animals.
- For revenge - this is an extremely common motivation for psychopaths to hurt animals
- For control or manipulation- hurting someones pet is an extremely effective way to instill fear and psychologically manipulate people (convince someone to do or not do something; or to elicit sympathy), this is also a very common motivation for psychopaths to hurt animals.
- Dislike - some people have a dislike for certain animals or a specific and express this dislike by being mean/cruel to the animal
- For financial gain - dog fighting, etc. can be lucrative. So can things like fur production.
- For convenience or out of neglect - an animal starving or being overworked, etc. doesn't elicit empathy in the psychopath, so they can cause harm simply by not caring or being willing to exert any effort to care for the animals welfare.
Motivations can overlap - and sadistic psychopaths are much more likely to hurt animals for revenge, control, and financial purposes.