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
This has been well documented in numerous research studies and has led to animal abuse being listed as one of the criteria for a diagnosis of conduct disorder in childhood. In fact, there has been proof that many of deadly school shootings started with cruelty to animals. Such as, Columbine High School students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who shot and killed 12 classmates before turning their guns on themselves, spoke to their classmates about mutilating animals. Clearly, once the cycle of violence begins in youth it continues throughout a person’s life. Unfortunately, many of these first signs of violence towards animals were ignored which resulted in more tragedies. Luckily, there are laws that prohibit cruelty towards animals with the Prevention Of Cruelty to Animals Act. In all 50 states committing malicious acts towards animals will be
The origin of the association between animal abuse and domestic violence remains unclear as do the factors that make the connection. This connection between the cruelties could be better understood in a larger context of the human-animal bond. “The evidence demonstrating the importance of the human-animal bond in human functioning and well-being will make the strong relationship that many battered women have with their pets understandable” (Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty). Animals are a part of the home environment of humans. The bond shared between women and their pets make it possible for abusers to control women by abusing their pets. “The link between animal abuse and women
People shouldn’t have any rights to abuse or neglect animals and get away with it easily. Animal abuse is a big conflict because some people get away with these acts in which they don’t get punished or little punishment while the animals don’t get to live happy lives and suffer. Hiding in pain that these occurrences that happened to them with procide over and over again. However, in the article “Frequently Asked Questions About Animal Cruelty” by The Humane Society of the United States, it states that “ Animal cruelty, like any other form of violence, is often committed by a person who feels powerless, unnoticed, or under the control of others. The motive may be to shock, threaten, intimidate, or offend others or to demonstrate rejection of society's rules. Some who are cruel to animals copy acts they have seen or that have been done to them. Others see harming an animal as a safe way to get revenge against—or threaten—someone who cares about that animal.” (The Humane Society of the United States, 2017) This states that there are reasons why people do what they do to the animals but it still doesn’t give them the right to harm or mistreat them. The article also states that
The second reason is because the person may not even be aware of hunting the animal(s). Sometimes when an animal does something it should not of, that person may think that punishment (ex. Hitting) And intimidation are the best/most efficient way to solve problems. Sometimes a person may not be able to provide fully for their animal. The naima may not be getting enough food, medicine, or even love. Because the owner can not afford to pay for the needed supplies. An animal can also be neglected by not getting enough love (as mentioned) and/or attention. Mental abuse to animals is just as bad as physical abuse. Animals have feelings too. Having an animal is very similar to having a child. A child needs love and needs to be happy. In order for an animal to be happy, it needs to feel love from its owner, Without it, an animal may be aggressive, or depressed even. For the entertainment part of things, for example there are forced dog fights, where two dogs (Most common dog to be put into a fight is a Pitbull.) will be put into a small area (a room or a pen) and fight. Before the fight begins, people will make bets on who they think which dog will win. In the beginning the fights start off with two living dogs, but in the end only one living dog remains. The dog that is living is the winner. After the fights over, the money would be collected and the whole process would
It seems like nowadays nearly everyone in society knows something about the abuse. If not, abuse is a somatic or physiological form of harm. It also seems that more and more people are getting concerned about animal abuse, and promptly because of that, there are more foundations to help rescue animals, and nurture them back to health. However, animals around the globe are still not getting rescued and are getting abused. In order to be fully acquainted about animal abuse, the common types of animal abuse, and the causes of animal abuse must all be explored, as well as the ways to prohibit the occurrence of animal abuse. Animals have rights, those in which are being violated. Animals can not defend themselves, so America needs to defend animal
There could be stricter laws against committing this crime. After abusing or neglecting an animal, a person should have to take classes. These classes can include on how to care, and what an animal needs. A person can also have to do community service, jail time, and pay fines. All of those would depend on the severity. If the crime committed is not severe, they should be able to keep the animal. Only if these people take the classes, and have random house checks. These checks would include seeing where the animal living conditions, if they look healthy, and that all their vet checks are up to date. "Animal Protection Laws of the United States of America and Canada is the top resource for lawyers, law professors, law students, legislators, other legal professionals, and anyone who wants the most comprehensive animal protection laws collection of its kind available" ("Animal Protection Laws"
This site page is a database of the considerable number of cases that have been accounted for in the U.S. against animals. You can look in changed fields as in the "Mishandle sort" in what kind of animal it was, what case it was, and who was the abuser. This can be utilized to see where an animal abuser lives, and to check out what occurred for the situation. This is an extraordinary source since you can backpedal to it and hauls out cases and uses them as cases to join into my discourse, and is likewise an extremely helpful source so individuals can see all the diverse cases and convey more attention to the
Starvation, abuse, neglect, torture, these are only some of the things endured at the hands of people. In Alabama animal cruelty laws state that it is considered a Class A misdemeanor if a person subjects an animal to cruel punishment, mistreatment, or neglect, in Vermont they have no such laws in place, while Washington states that it is a Class 1 Crime punishable by jail time.
One of the main solution to animal neglect and abuse is a state law called the Animal Abuser Registry Act. Animal Abuser Registry Act helps police, animal shelter, and adoption centers identify convicted animal abusers trying to buy or adopt animals. Its modeled like the registries for convicted sex-offender list. In 2016, Tennessee is the first state that adopted a statewide animal abuser registry. ( ¨New State Animal¨) A person convicted of misdemeanor for the first time have to complete an anger management program and go through a psychological counseling that teaches them about responsible pet ownership. If a person is convicted second time, they are prohibited from owning any kind of animals for 5 years and 10 years if convicted for the
Having animal cruelty only be a misdemeanor is not getting the state anywhere. Misdemeanors are usually taken care of with a small fine, and a short period of time in jail. Sometimes people can go to court and get their misdemeanors lowered, and receive no jail time. Animal cruelty cases are usually dismissed or ignored, therefore the owners do not get in trouble. According to “Fixing State’s Lax Animal-Cruelty Laws Is A Must-Do For Ohio Lawmakers in 2015: Editorial”, “any animal that is kept inside a residential dwelling and any dog or cat, regardless of where it is kept, including a pet store.” is considered a companion animal. (Editorial Board). This statement is a positive way to look at animals. It shows that animals, even from pet stores, can be abused in the most ordinary settings. Saying this, more animals can be saved from an unhappy lifestyle. This means that almost any companion that they find, and is harmed or not in good care the owner will be fined, once this law is passed. With it being a fifth-degree felony the owners will be in prison for at least 6-12 months and receive a $2,500
The first and most important way in which societies can avoid the abuse of animals is recognition that animals have rights, and they are protected under the law. For instance, in all 50 states of the United States, there are legislations relating to the abuse of animals (Ascione). Many states recognize the issue as a misdemeanor offense while 30 states have put in place felony-level statutes to deal with certain forms of cruelty to animals (Ascione, 1). Although the definitions of animal abuse differ from state to state, this largely agreed upon definition should guide societies to act in ways that avoid abusing animals. People should avoid, “socially unacceptable behavior that intentionally causes unnecessary
Each year, the most extreme cases of animal abuse receive media attention. Yet, the animal cruelty problem is more widespread than is reported in the media. Animal abuse and neglect is a nationwide issue, affecting thousands of animals nationwide. Cruelty to animals is defined as the infliction of physical pain, suffering or death on an animal, beyond what is necessary. There is a need to stop abusers from acting in such a horrific manner–preventing the neglect and suffering of the animals. What causes animal abusers to act in such a cruel way towards animals? How are cases of animal abuse being managed, and how should cases be handled? Finally, does the status of animals in society contribute to the rate of their abuse?
There have been many laws that have been placed on animal cruelty, but oddly the government still thinks it’s alright to be able to use animal cruelty. They have laws that limit the usage of animal cruelty and if ever they find someone who is being cruel to any sort of animal, then they are arrested immediately and held in the court of law, though we still have science facilities that are using poor animals as test subjects it is not alright to be able to use any sort of living creature as test subjects. To harm them though they cannot defend themselves, to use a test subject should be against the law for everyone and not just citizens.
Animals are subjects to inhumane treatment by the hands of many individuals, however there is little done in order to protect them from this form of physical and neglectful treatment. Though there are several laws against this type of conduct, a great deal of animal abuse is unforeseen and these animals are victims whom cannot protect themselves. The state of New York describes felony animal cruelty as, “intentionally and without just cause seriously injuring or killing an animal” (Iannacone 2011). Yet often, individuals are not punished harshly for their crimes against animals. There are a number of reasons as to why individuals are cruel towards animals, ranging from: unintentional ignorance, personal gain such as money or food,