The Link between Animal Cruelty and Society

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The Link between Animal Cruelty and Society “The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but "Can they suffer?” ― Jeremy Bentham, The Principles of Morals and Legislation. As a society we have come to see animal cruelty as a heinous crime, and that’s great progress. However, not everyone is following the notion. Animal cruelty is still very prevalent, and sadly its abhorrent results are often neglected and overlooked. Although it isn’t always to the same extent of atrocious consequences every single time, animal cruelty contains numerous and detrimental effects on society and humanity, because any abuse or cruel acts of violence has an effect on humanity and the world as a whole. Animal cruelty is a broad subject, but there are two kinds of animal abuse commonly seen in its spectrum. One of them being active cruelty, in which the cruelty is inflicted deliberately with the sole intent to harm an animal, and the second as passive cruelty were the harm is willful neglect thus creating prolonged suffering. One or both types are exerted on companion animals, research animals, farm animals (mostly commercial not substance farming), hoarding, animals killed for their fur or specific body parts. Many ask why animal cruelty happens. Yet, there are multiple motivating factors for animal cruelty. Some of them being peer pressure, retaliation, imitation of abusive behavior in ones environment, forced abuse, research or scientific reasons, commercial purposes,

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