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Animal Cruelty In The Nineteenth Century

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“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” (César Chávez). Animal cruelty has been around for centuries, and it is not dying down. People are hoarding dogs, cats, and other animals. Rabbits are often tested with cosmetics (Calvin Klein, Chapstick, Clearasil, Dove, Marc Jacobs, etc.) and they become ill or infected with the products. Although the nineteenth century saw a significant transformation of society's attitude towards animals, the way animals were punished is similar to the present-day animal cruelty. From 1800-1820, multiple politicians supported and sponsored bills protecting the cruelty of horses and cattle, but all of them failed. The first bill in England that passed anti cruelty laws was in 1822, and sponsored by Parliament member Richard Martin, and it prohibited cruelty to cattle, sheep, and horses.…show more content…
The last half of the nineteenth century adopted more anti-cruelty laws that are still used today. Henry Bergh helped establish these laws in the 1860s and 70s. Those rules and laws helped as a foundation for the current animal-cruelty laws that apply today. Back then, there was little to no people who cared for their animals, which resulted in abuse and neglect. Today, more people care about their animals and how their pets feel when they are abused. Animal abuse has changed throughout the years, and new laws have been added to help put a stop to this. Animals are treated better now, and we now understand that they are not just our personal property. You can be fined up to $2,500 in the state of Virginia if you are found abusing any non human, non fish vertebrae. Society has changed the way they act to animals, but there are still laws to help prevent the abuse of
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