Through several years of research and personal interviews
with convicted violent offenders, Cheri Brown Thompson, attorney
at law and founder of the Healing Species,
discovered that all of the violent offenders had two things
- They were abused as children.
- They first "acted out" abuse on the only creatures more
vulnerable than they, animals.
As a law student, Cheri Brown Thompson discovered the relationship
between animal cruelty and human violence. This realization
led to the founding principles of the Healing
Species. Thompson gave up practicing law in 1999, and
now serves with no pay as the Executive Director of the Healing
Today, Healing Species is growing
nationally with expansion projects in five other states, including
Arizona and Colorado. As of October 2006, the newly formed
Healing Species Puget Sound chapter
has officially begun teaching the program at schools in the
Puget Sound region of Washington State.