Domestic Violence VS Animal Cruelty and Child Abuse

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Over the centuries, animals have suffered from cruelty from humans. In the United States, animals are beaten, neglected, or forced to struggle for survival. Animals have been inflicted with pain from humans for reasons other than self-defense. They have been slaughtered for their food and fur for personal gain in profit. In a majority of cases they have even been abused for someone’s own personal amusement or out of rage filled impulses. In some cases animals are found and rescued. They are given the second chance in life to experience what life should be like compared to what they once had. Many jurisdictions around the world have enacted laws that forbid cruelty to animals but most of the time they vary by country and the use or …show more content…
The first is acts of omission, meaning abuse from lack of action to take care of their animals. Passive cruelty can be referred to cases of neglect of animals. Some examples of neglect are starvation, dehydration, parasite infestations, allowing a collar to grow into an animal’s skin, no shelter in extreme weather, unsanitary conditions with no food or water and failure to seek veterinary care when necessary. Active cruelty also referred to as non-accidental injury, is implied when a person deliberately or intentionally causes harm to an animal. This action can also be linked between abuse within the home of women and children. This reveals the family member or person has a serious psychological issue and may commit more actions of violence. 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
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