According to Pet-Abuse.com, there have been an estimated 802 mortality cases in 2009 alone in the United States. Every year, 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters, and 3 to 4 million shelter dogs and cats are killed. There are an estimated 25 million animals that are used in testing each year in the United States. The Humane Society of the United States says "animal cruelty can be either deliberate abuse or simply the failure to take care of an animal. Either way, and whether the animal is a pet, a farm animal, or wildlife, the victim can suffer terribly. Don’t despair, though—anyone can take steps against cruelty." Often people who abuse animals are people with problems controlling anger and being extremely violent. Those people are likely to also be violent to other people, even their family. Abusing animals is actually a sign of mental disorder according to Pawprints and Purrs Inc. Not only is physically hurting an animal abusing it, but also not properly taking care of pets or other animals is considered animal abuse as it says in the quote above. Some wild animals are seen as ruthless killers, but if you think about it, we kill innocent animals only for money. We kill animals for certain parts of them and leave the rest of the animal for suffering. An example of animal abuse with wild animals is in certain areas, tigers are skinned for their fur for rugs, and other trophies. Tigers are also killed for their teeth which people also sell for money. If you witness any kind of animal abuse, report it to a local police station or shelter. You don't have to be a police officer or anything special to help the cause. You just need the courage to stand up for the ones who can't stand up for themselves.
11 Facts About Animal Cruelty;
- In many circuses, wild and exotic animals are trained through the use of intimidation and physical abuse. Former circus employees have reported seeing animals beaten, whipped, poked with sharp objects and even burned to force them to learn their routines!
- Elephants who perform in circuses are often kept in chains for as long as 23 hours a day from the time they are babies.
- More than 15 million warm-blooded animals are used in research every year.
- Scientists estimate that 100 species go extinct every day! That's about one species every 15 minutes.
- If you live in Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Rhode Island, Illinois, Virginia, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Vermont you have the legal right to refuse to participate in dissection in class! In Louisiana, there is a State resolution and in Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland and New Mexico, there are Departments of Education resolutions in place that allow you to refuse to dissect, although it hasn’t yet become a law.
- Dog fighting and cock-fighting are illegal in all 50 states.
- It is estimated that on average it takes 1,000 dogs to maintain a mid-sized racetrack operation. New greyhounds are continually entering the system to replace greyhounds that grade-off due to injury, age or poor performance. There are currently over 30 tracks operating in the United States.
- Tens of thousands of wild and domesticated horses from the United States are cruelly slaughtered every year to be used for horse meat in Europe and Asia. Since the last horse slaughter plants in the U.S. were closed in 2007, thousands of horses have been shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter.
- Many studies have found a link between cruelty to animals and other forms of interpersonal violence.
- Neglect and abandonment are the most common forms of companion animal abuse in the United States.
- A fur coat is pretty cool—for an animal to wear. Eighteen red foxes are killed to make one fox-fur coat, 55 minks to make a mink coat.
(Facts from DoSomething.org)
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