How would you feel if you were used to test drugs, held captive in poor living conditions, and abused on a daily basis? That is the life of an innocent, helpless animal that can do nothing about it. Animals deserve the right to live a happy and healthy life, just like humans do. Their rights are taken away in a number of ways including being physically hurt, living in unfit conditions, and being part of medical experiments. Animals are living, breathing creatures who are constantly treated as a piece of property.
Some states do not seem to take animal cruelty as seriously though. According to the Humane Society, a good felony anti-cruelty law should protect all animals, apply to first-time offenders, carry large fines and prison time, with no exceptions. Convicted abusers should be required to get counseling at their own expense, and prohibit abusers from owning any animals as pets. The legal definition of animal cruelty, penalties given, and the consistency and outcomes of punishments within a state should assist in seeking a greater protection for not only animals but human companions as well.
Many people may not know that animal cruelty has been around for hundreds of years. . In the article "Animal Cruelty Prosecution" published by American Prosecution Research Institute found that, The Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony established “The Body of Liberties” found by the Animal Cruelty Prosecution, in 1641. The Body of Liberties was a document written for the protection of animals from unnecessary pain and suffering. Animal cruelty happens every day whether it is from starving, beating, lack of medical care or proper housing for animals. We are in need of stricter laws to help fight the rights of animals. Animal laws should be more strict on people
Imagine that you are sitting on your favorite spot on the couch, like always, minding your own business. Then, the person that you love the most comes into the room. You are super excited and you smile as they walk towards you. All of a sudden, you watch as they lift up their hands and begin to hit you and beat you for no reason. You let out a yelp and run up the stairs, wondering what you did to deserve this cruel punishment. It sounds hard to believe, but unfortunately for many animals in the United StatesS, this is a reality that they face every day. Animal cruelty can come in many forms. It can range from failing to keep up with basic needs to deliberate hitting or beating. It is critical for animal cruelty to become illegal in order to rescue our beloved animals. Animals that are abused develop unusual behavioral actions, it can give the animal life threatening injuries and serious
A population in America that often goes unnoticed is the animal population. Each year, approximately 7.6 million animals enter animal shelters nationwide (ASPCA). Of those 7.6 million, 2.7 million will be euthanized. I believe that no matter what species, no living being should ever be euthanized simply because there is not enough room for them. The ASPCA, or The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world (ASPCA). This organization was found on the beliefs that animals should be treated respectfully under the supervision of humans, and that no animal should be killed.
Over the course of two years, over 9,500 animal welfare cases were detected in slaughterhouses in the UK. A little less than half were category 4, meaning that animals suffered avoidable pain, distress or suffering. Many of these issues ended up with animals accidentally being beaten, crushed, frozen, or boiled to death (“Slaughterhouses’ 4,000 cases”). The laws about animal cruelty in the UK are very similar to those of the US, meaning situations like these can occur in America as well, without the citizens’ knowledge. The painful slaughter techniques used against sometimes contaminated animals in addition to the ineffective regulations set up against them have become a deplorable problem, especially since a fair amount of the population is
Animal abuse is a big part of the United States, it happens in all 50 states. Do the animals get justice? What punishment is necessary to move forward with animal abuse laws? What is good about how we treat animal abuse. In fact, we should have a harsher punishment for animal abusers.
The rate at which animal cruelty occurs is at an alarming 71% in the United States according to ASPCA. Every 60 seconds, another animal is abused by a caretaker. Overall, cruelty encompasses neglect, abuse, abandonment, sexual abuse of animals and animal fighting. Due to efforts by organizations such as PETA, ASPCA, HSUS in educating and providing awareness to the topic of animal cruelty, many more individuals have become more aware of their actions against animals. In conjunction with these listed organizations, states such as Maryland have adopted legislation to help combat animal cruelty and serve as advocates for animals. The three most rigorous forms of animal abuse that need to be tackled are as followed, neglect, hoarding, and
Government data on domestic violence cases reveal a staggering number of animals are victimized by abusive partners each year. The HSUS estimates that nearly 1 million animals a year are abused or killed in connection with domestic violence. Do you believe animals have feelings like us human? Do you think they know when they are getting abused? All around the world there are hundreds, maybe thousands of ways animals get abused, mentally, physically and emotionally. Innocent creatures put on this earth for our happiness, for our food for our amusement are getting abused from the humans cruel ways of life. There are many animals around the world crying out for help, hoping for deliverance from the cruel animal abuse
Imagine being thrown in cage, beaten, starved or forced to do something for no reason… other than someone else’s entertainment. We have all seen those ASPCA commercials showing depressing pictures of beaten and starved animals asking for help, yet animal cruelty/abuse is still a major problem. Even though on average, 1,920 animal cruelty cases are reported in the media each year, thousands of cases are unreported or unnoticed by the public (Animal Cruelty Facts and Stats). Regardless of animal cruelty being a felony which can result in jail time and thousands of dollars in fines, it is still something which occurs on a daily basis across the United States and it needs to be addressed in affective ways.
Many people do believe that animal abuse is a problem within society that should be monitored, but granting animal rights is an effective way to diminish physical abuse. In fact, “Animal abuse is one of the most reliable indicators of domestic violence and abuse of children” (Akhtar). Individuals who practice animal abuse are usually associated with similar types of abuse towards other individuals within their life. By passing laws that would grant animals rights and protect them against abuse, America would also be targeting individuals who habit domestic violence towards their wife and
Around the world, daily, animals are beaten, neglected, and struggling for survival. They are left in conditions that are unsanitary with no food or water, and they have very little hope as they live out their days. They are also left without the compassion that they deserve. Some, are rescued and found, but others, are given the chance to live a new life while learning how to be loved, while others are not so lucky. To help Ohio grow as a stronger state, we must fight for these abused animals’ rights and start giving out a punishment to the heartless owners. It is up to us to speak for the creatures who lack a voice. Recently the State of Ohio Senate failed to pass a law. Known as the Goddard’s Law, to help the abused animals. As a team we
If abusing animals isn’t bad enough, it’s been noticed the terrible connections it has with domestic abuse. The current animal cruelty laws should be more severe and enforced with worse repercussions. Once an individual is charged with abusing an animal, they should be prohibited from owning one forever instead of just months/years. Children that are responsible for animal abuse should be required to see a psychiatrist regularly, so they can learn to deal with their anger in a better way rather than taking it out on animals or people. For adults that are completely aware of their actions, there should be bigger fines and longer imprisonment terms to help discourage abusive behavior before it affects more than animals. Human beings can shout
The act of animal abuse across the US is increasing dramatically without great punishment. Animal abuse is defined as “acts of violence or neglect perpetrated against animals” (Petfinder). The act of animal abuse is currently punished with a “Three Strikes Law” which gives a felony charge and twenty-five year to a full life sentence if convicted of animal abuse three times. This law should be extended to first time abusers. The penalty should not only be extended for those accused of animal cruelty, but the government should work harder to encourage people to foster animals to keep them off of the streets and out of the shelters. People should increase their actions to protect the safety of domesticated animals.
Every year, nearly 1 million animals fall victim to abuse or cruelty. These cases are not only occurring in households, but zoos also. Animal abuse comes in two forms, neglectful and intentional. Neglectful animal abuse is when you give the animal minimal attention when caring for it. An example would be malnourishment, which is more prevalent in zoos, but can also be seen in households. On the other hand, there is intentional animal abuse. This comes in the form of physically mistreating animals. Instances of this usually occurs in households with domesticated animals, but can also occur in the wild. When we as a society look up from our daily life functions, we can see just how amazing animals can be. Animals are complex creatures that contribute to our ecosystem and capable of suffering. Not only does it cause animals to suffer, it cause our community to suffer as well. This act of immorality contains strong ties to the act of domestic abuse. The direct correlation of animal abuse and domestic abuse, animal abuse proves to be detrimental to our society.