Animal Cruelty blog
Animal Cruelty is when someone hurts and animal or doesn’t care for them in the correct way. It is against the law to be harmful or cruel to animals. Animal Cruelty can also be called animal abuse or neglect. Animal Cruelty is considered, in the U.S., to be a misdemeanor with a fine that can be up to one thousand dollars and/or jail time up to one year. If you are caught with a fourth offence pertaining to animal cruelty or extreme animal cruelty, it is a fourth degree felony with a fine that can be up to five thousand dollars and/or jail time up to eighteen months or more.
With animal cruelty being illegal, why do people still participate in this inhuman act? Most people who abuse animals aren’t doing it on purpose. Someone may forget to feed or give water to their pet, they may have mental issues of their own, etc. Unfortunately, in cases like dog fighting, Greyhound racing, etc. people do it for the gambling aspect and for the money. In addition to the money, the people being cruel to these animals may not view them as living things. These cruel people often view animals, instead like objects that are incapable of feeling pain.
When I started to research animal cruelty, I wondered what can I do to help stop animal cruelty. If you see animal cruelty happening don’t try and stop it with force, this could result in injury of yourself and/or others involved. The best thing to do is call an emergency service so they can help the animal. Emergency services and animal control have more knowledge and experience in these situations and can handle them with the correct amount of force, care, etc. It is important to report animal abuse because these animals don’t have a voice, so we need to be the voice speaking for them and their rights. Even if they are just animals they still have rights and shouldn’t have to go through pain like that.
I think it is good that we have organizations like ASPCA, PAWS, PeTA, etc. because they help to give out information and to raise awareness on animal cruelty. Before, starting to research animal abuse and neglect, I didn’t realize how many different forms of animal cruelty existed in the world. Animal cruelty is, in my opinion, inhuman, unethical, and just plain wrong. I am glad that animal cruelty became illegal and it has significant consequences. I feel that threatening animal abusers with high fines and jail time help to cut down on the amount of animals that are neglected, but, unfortunately, animal cruelty still happens today. I encourage everyone, if they see animal cruelty happening, to report it right away. It is important for us to be the voice for the animals.
Thursday, October 20th, 2016 - Blog Post 8