Many American households own a pet, but their pets may have originated from a cruel background. Especially dogs, for many of them stem from one of the ten thousand puppy mills located across the United States. Puppy mills are large commercial breeding facilities that specializes in maximizing profit over the welfare and conditions of the animals. Animals live in unsustainable conditions which they are provided with the minimum amount of food, water, exercise, shelter, protection, and veterinary care; yet, these animals are forced to continue breeding for the sake of providing beautiful pets for our own personal expenses. The government should step in to advance regulations and inspections of large commercial breeding facilities because old rules no longer fit the current time anymore. For us to take home a new healthy family member, we should all know it comes from a safe place.
The Horrors of Animal Euthanasia Due to the domestication of cats and dogs their populations have skyrocketed. This is due in part to the lack of pet owners acting in a responsible manner. These responsibilities include the spaying and neutering of pets. These numbers of
This a nationwide issue we all need to look into especially our local and state level government need to pay attention to what is going on with domestic animals. It is necessary for all pet owner’s to be responsible by spaying or neutering their pets. There should be more attention paid to puppy mills and Americans need to be aware of the issues this is causing our nation.
Pet owners have a wide variety of views about their responsibilities. Some feel that just providing food and water is enough and therefore do not provide a secure environment which is essential for all pets. Without this secure environment, a female in heat is a target for every male around. The males will go to great lengths to get to a female in heat. Her scent is a driving force. Some owners will allow their females to continue to come into heat over and over again, making her a target for every un-neutered male around, without trying to solve the problem. The males' owners will allow their animals to continue to roam freely because they feel they are not the responsible party to the unwanted pregnancies. Homes may be found for some of the offspring, some may die, and some may just wander off. Of those to survive, the breeding cycle can start all over again. Also, many owners do not realize that having a pet is a commitment for the life of the pet. When some owners get tired of their current pet, want a new pet, or get irritated because the pet does not meet their expectations, they will dump the pet thinking it will fend for itself or find a new home. Of the animals taken into shelters, 47% of the cats and 55% of the dogs are not spayed or neutered (Patelis).
Animal shelters provide protection and care to animals in need, but sadly have to kill animals from time to time. Ending an animal’s life with minimal pain is called animal euthanasia. No animal shelters practice euthanasia by choice, but most consider it a necessary system. Some reasons for euthanasia are lack of resources and funding in shelters, but the biggest contributor to why euthanasia exists is overcrowding. This problem can be traced to owners allowing their pets to have multiple litters of kittens or puppies without taking the responsibility to properly give them a home. This carelessness creates a huge domestic overpopulation problem. The consequences of overpopulation results in large numbers of animals being sent to humane societies. Animals are then euthanized to avoid overcrowding. Euthanasia is unethical and cruel; it should be banned from shelters.
The euthanasia of animals is a very problematic social issue in the world today. Approximately there are about 7.6 million companion animals that enter animal shelters each year. Of those, about 2.7 animals are euthanized, and cats have the highest rate, according to “The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals” (2017). When you hear the term euthanasia in reference to animals, you think of a painless process that ends the countless suffering your pet had to endure over the span of their lives. There are many reasons for which these animals are “put to sleep.” When most pet owners put their pets to sleep it is because their pets have incurable disease, painful illness, behavioral problems and are of old age. When an animal is suffering and is no longer able to recover, this process may be the most humane thing to do. However, euthanasia turns into murder when perfectly healthy animals are killed. Since there is an overpopulation of animals there are many animals left on the street wandering alone. When there isn’t any room for all these new animals being brought in from off the streets, shelters have no other option, but to euthanize. Each year more and more dogs and cats are born and sent into shelters, but for every animal being born another one has to leave and once the animal leave they are most likely going to be euthanized. No matter the situation animals are losing their lives for no clear reason.
In “Why I’ve Had a Change of Heart About Neutering Pets,” author Dr. Karen Becker explains to the reader about why sterilization is the best choice for dogs as oppose to spaying or neutering dogs due to the increase of health risks. Dr. Becker believes all organs are vital and
A. According to the animal cruelty page on the ASPCA website in 2017, one animal is abused with every passing minute. This means that by the time I finish this speech, as many as seven animals will be the victim of undeserved cruelty. Based on these statistics, about 1,440
Spay or Neuter? Don’t Do It Everyone seems to be one sided on the subject of spay and neuter. You can ask anyone, be it a vet, an animal rights activist or animal shelter worker. They will all say the same thing, that you should have your pet neutered or spayed. Then they might go on to tell you the great benefits from neuter and spay, but they don’t explain to you some of the reasons to not spay or neuter. There are many reasons to not have your pet spayed or neutered.
Spay And Neuter Your Animals Warning to all animal lovers and pet owners spaying and neutering your animals is good for them. Many people believe in the myths of spaying and neutering, but those are not true. If you spay your female animals they will have fewer possible health problems. If you neuter your male animals it can help control the unwanted behavior problems.
I would argue against the housing provider’s “no pet policy” by invoking laws that support the physically and mentally disabled. Under the “The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)” and the “Fair Housing Act (FHAct)”, service animals by law are excluded from “no pet rules” (ADA and FHAct n.p.). The purpose of the exclusion is that service animals are trained to perform specific tasks to improve a person with special needs quality of life (ADA and FHAct n.p.). According to ADA and FHAct service animals such as guide or signal dogs provide support to the vision and hearing impaired to improve upon their quality of life (ADA and FHAct n.p.). Furthermore, service animals are used by a person with special needs for protection, as well as
Population Control: Help control the U.S. pet population with spay and neuter services. The Humane Society notes an estimated 6 to 8 million homeless animals enter U.S. shelters every year, with less than half of these pets adopted and the rest euthanized.
Why You Should Spay Your Female Dog? Female dogs can get all kinds of health issues when the female dog isn’t spayed by a certain age. I know some people choose to impregnate their dogs and have puppies to sell. After about five years it is best to spay your dog, if you do not plan to have puppies. If of course, you have no plans of your female having puppies at all, please spay as soon as you are able too.
Many things in medical practices have been seen as inhumane or cruel and then outlawed. But when it comes to veterinary medicine, most people don't care to know what is happening because the patients are “just animals.” Many debates and arguments are brought up over the controversial practices or procedures in veterinary medicine. The procedures that are most commonly brought up are declawing, ear cropping, and tail docking. These procedures are literally mutilations to animals for human benefit. People don't fully understand what the procedures entail and turn a blind eye to it because for some reason it still is legal. These procedures are entirely unregulated in the United States. They are mostly for cosmetic purposes or for personal convenience.
The rationale here is that this could be avoided, and a cat could enjoy a loving and safe home if they simply get declawed. In cattle, this mindset is also seen in a practice known as tail docking. For instance, "Dairy officials say the practice of cutting off cow tails to prevent them from slinging manure is practiced on fewer than 15 percent of the state 's 1.5 million dairy cows”(Schwarzenegger Saves Cow Tails). Less than 15% may seem like a small number, this means that 225,000 dairy cows get their tails cut off for “sanitary reasons” so that they can keep their animals happy rather than being sent to slaughter. These ideals are important to recognize as they express the relationships of the human-animal bond. People do care about their pets, and do want to keep, love, and save them. However, are we always doing the right thing?