Human beings are considered to be the greatest creations that were given knowledge, skills and power to rule over the entire planet. However, at the same time, their relationship with other animals and its implications in human civilization cannot be denied. Historically, it is proven that for thousands of years,
II. Introduce Topic: Stray animals and pet overpopulation is a serious problem in today’s society. III. Relevance: Every person in this room will either own or come in contact with an animal. We need to know how we can keep our own animals from contributing to the problem and other ways we can help solve it.
The Quiet Epidemic Animal abuse is a quiet epidemic that is spreading throughout the world. The amount of animal abuse is growing and we must do something to stop it. Animal abuse is not putting a choke collar on a dog to keep it from biting an individual; it is not killing an animal for food. Animal abuse is the knowing or intentional "(1) tortures or serious overworks [of] an animal"; the "(2) failing unreasonably to provide necessary food, care, or shelter for an animal in his custody; kills, injures, or administers poison to an animal; [or] (6) causes one animal to fight with another" (Title 3). The majority of states in the U.S. classify abusive treatment toward animals as a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is punished by a fine of
Background Research: What is animal abuse? For starters, animal abuse is when a person inflicts suffering or harm on any animal. Most people, all over the world own an animal; but there are still far more animals left out on the street. Homeless animals are either left out on the streets or are “thrown” into shelters. This became a problem because not all animals are domesticated. Animal shelters began as pounds. “When the system began to be used to impound wandering dogs and cats, these animals were often killed because little monetary value was placed on them” (Lila Miller, Animal sheltering in the United States: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, 1) . This issue persists because shelter workers and others truly believe that an animal life has no value, but that is not true; animals are living beings just like humans with brains, hearts, and bones. A reported case was that “authorities had seized 23 puppies, 11 cats, and four adult dogs from a self-processed animal “rescue” after they were found in the “rescuer’s” filthy home.” (‘No-Kill’ Label Slowly Killing Animals, 3). This means that an unauthorized person hoarded many animals and forced the animals into an unsafe “shelter”. The shelter being a dirty home.
Animals as well as humans have been around for an extended period of time showing that there obviously has been some sort of interactions between them throughout the years which may not have always been all the bad. They have been here for hundreds of thousands of years. They are our main source of comfort, happiness, joy, fun, and of course: food. Without animals we would not be at the point in life where we are today. Our next best source of food besides animals would have to be plants and who wants to eat plants all the time for every meal and only that? The treatment of those animals that we use as a food source and even the ones as pets is not always positive. Lobsters, a primary food source for the wealthy, are treated very poorly, for
A good example is the research by Ciuti et al (2012) on the effects of human hunting on elk in Alberta, Canada. The research found out that elk reduced their feeding habit in areas that are closer to roads with noisy traffic. The research noted that the increase in the human activity led to further reduction of feeding time by elk. Therefore, Ciuti et al concluded that the effects of human activities on wildlife surpassed those of natural predators.
What would you do if you witnessed an incident of animal abuse? Most of you would probably do nothing. (Point through the audience). Every day in the united states animals are beaten, neglected or forced to struggle for survival. They are left in unsanitary conditions with no food or water, and they have little hope as they live out their days without the compassion, love and respect they deserve. Animal cruelty is more then what you may think, animal cruelty consists of passive cruelty and active cruelty. Passive cruelty consists of omission, meaning abuse happens as a result of neglect or lack of attention. Passive cruelty can lead to terrible pain, suffering and ultimately death. For example starvation, dehydration, untreated infections, inadequate shelter, and failure for medical care. Active cruelty is more well known and quite frankly very un-comforting and disturbing. Active cruelty is often referred to as “non-accidental injury (hand gesture quotations). This is when someone purposely inflicts harm towards an animal in order to show that they are superior and in charge.
There are some very unusual relationships between animals and different species. These relationships might be unusual, but they are special in their own right. Animals are like humans; they can create bonds that are unbreakable. Some of the animals do not even cross path at any time. Some of these relationships are formed in the same species. These animals also have a," you scratch my back, and I will scratch yours," type relationship. This ranges from helping each other find food, taking care of each other's babies, and helping one another survive together. Sometimes the most unusual animals bond and make relationships to survive together.
Population Humans harm other humans by going to war or getting in physical fights. Has anyone ever wondered if or how animals can harm each other? One species of animals can change the lives of all other species, forever. I claim that changes to living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem impact populations within the ecosystem.
This was shown in my connections map about lemurs, just a lemur can affect an ecosystem in so many different ways. Lemurs are herbivores so they do not eat meat, only fruits, leaves, and spiders. But when the lemurs eat the spiders in madagascar, grasshoppers are no longer afraid of the spiders, so then that affects the productivity of our soil. There is shown mutualism because the lemur is receiving its food, and the grasshoppers are perfectly happy as they continue to help with the soil for us, which both of them are getting what they need. There are so many different ways all types of animals will affect our ecosystem, such as fossa’s are a predator of the lemur, which will then end up changing they way other animals live. Fossa’s show
Hunting and humans are closely related. Humans have been hunting since the beginning of man, when the only food source was obtained by hunting. As time has passed, humans have progressed, and figured out many other sources of food, for example farming. Over Hunting kills wildlife which may be important to humans. This affects humans in that if the animal species becomes endangered, it will throw off natural predation and it will be more expensive to buy the meat or fur of that animal. The endangerment of species can cause many different things to humans. For example, if one animal is endangered, its predator will also become endangered. Ultimately it will affect humans, with food and resources.
For this class, I would like to further study human-animal interactions, and the positive effects it has on child development and overall health.
The four major ways human are affecting other species are by soil pollution, water pollution, air pollution, and global warming and ozone layer depletion. Sadly to say that humans are the most polluting species. Humans have been around for a very long time and lived for much of it without causing much irreparable harm to the environment. But over exploitation and pollution have started affecting the environment negatively over the last few centuries. Also humans are affecting other species through the loss or degradation of habitat, introduction of nonnative species, over exploitation, and effects of pollution. These are the most serious threats that are identifying that put species at risk of
Human-animal interaction (HAI) is a concept that has been around since the beginning; ever since man knew what animals were. We have interacted in so many ways with animals - ranging from hunting as a resource to observing in the wild, and from holding in captivity as a means of labor to domesticating for companionship. Throughout these centuries of interactions, it's become abundantly clear as to what these encounters do for us as far as productivity/research/ entertainment/companionship, but it's never been completely clear as to what our presence and encounters do to them - more specifically, what does it do to them psychologically and behaviorally? The word interaction is key, and it's important to note what an interaction means: both individuals affect each other- “... both human and animal are active and reactive during an interaction, independent of who is the initiator” (Eddie A.M. Bokkers, 31). So, what does this mean for animal development? An animal’s psychological development (just like humans) is most influenced at a very young age, but behavioral development (though still very impressionable at a young age) can be influenced at virtually any point in their life. This, in regards to the influence of human interaction, means that it influences these two branches of development through positive and negative stimulants that allow a psychological learning adaptation to take place, prompting a behavioral action.
Animal testing, also known as animal research, is the use of non-human animals in experiments. Each year statistic reveal that, millions of animals such as dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, pigs and monkeys experience mental and physical abuse from scientific practices. Even though some may believe that these experiments