Animal Cruelty: Dog Fighting

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According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty), the first humane organization, founded in 1866, in the Western Hemisphere that works to rescue animals from abuse and pass humane laws, the definition of animal cruelty is “acts of violence or neglect perpetrated against animals.” This definition is presented in a paper written by Learning To Give, an organization that teaches children to give back, take voluntary citizen action, and engage civilly and presents it through a philanthropist approach. Animal cruelty is an atrocious act that needs to be understood and not undermined. It is easy to push something to the back of our minds and put ourselves in denial when the issue is not right in front of our faces. Many of …show more content…
They focus on factory farms, the clothing trade, laboratories, and the entertainment industry (PETA “Human Abuse”). PETA also mentioned a study conducted by Northeastern University and the Massachusetts SPCA, which found that people that abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against humans (PETA). If a person loves the feeling of overpowering others, why would they stop with one category? People who enjoy the feeling they get when they’re in control will always be power hungry unless they get help; unless they are stopped. The Humane Society estimates that approximately one million animals per year are either abused or killed in relation to a domestic violence situation. From the U.S. Department of Justice (as of 200), there are approximately 2.168 million women and men that are physically assaulted by an intimate partner in the US. The APPMA (American Pet Product Manufacturers Association) estimates that 63% of U.S. households own a pet (Humane Society).
The American Humane Association, whom since 1877 has aimed to protect children, pets, and farm animals from abuse and neglect, also gives insight to the correlation between animal cruelty and domestic violence. According to them, 71% of women, who owned pets, entered women’s shelters reported that their abuser had either injured, maimed, killed, or threatened the family’s pets as an act of revenge or in order to control their victims psychologically. Also, 68% of

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