Animal Cruelty Essay

Topics: Animal rights, Animal welfare, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Pages: 9 (3892 words) Published: May 8, 2013
Anjreyev Harvey
Mr. Wagner
Pd. 3
Animal cruelty is a pressing subject in today’s society. Even though we use animals for their fur, entertainment, research and as food, we have to do it in a humane way that minimizes pain and suffering towards the animal in use due to animal rights laws that have been enacted. Small organizations such as the ALB (Animal Liberation Brigade), CAFT (Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade), COK (Compassion Over Killing), FoA (Friends of Animals), FFA (Fight For Animals), IDA (In Defense of Animals), LCA(Last Chance for Animals) MFA (Mercy for Animals), and larger more well known organizations like the WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals), ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and the Humane Society of the United States help to prevent and rescue victims of animal abuse. Animals are usually abused due to the fact that they cannot speak about the wrongs done to them and they cannot call out for help. Not just animal abuse is wrong, but any sort of abuse is immoral overall.

To clarify, animal cruelty or animal abuse/neglect is classified as inflicting suffering or damage upon a non-human animal for purposes other than self-defense or survival. Examples of such abuse are hunters who leave their traps and the animals caught suffer for days before succumbing to exposure, shock, bleeding to death, and death by other predators. These traps can also capture “non-target” animals such as endangered species and dogs and they die in the place of the prey intended. Also for our clothes such as gloves and leather clothing, the animals are skinned our boiled alive for the material to be completely durable. Eighteen red foxes are killed to make fur coats and fifty five minks are killed just to make one mink coat. Also, more than half the fur in the U.S comes from China who bludgeoned, hanged, and bled to death many cats and dogs for their fur (113 Facts About Animal Cruelty). How many animals have died for the things in your closet? Scientists estimate that over one hundred species go extinct every day due to human development into forest and natural habitats and also our hunting habits.

In farms all over the United States, cows are fed unnatural, high-protein diets-which include dead chickens, pigs, and other animals, their kids are then taken away at a young age so that they may be killed, skinned, or raised on some milk substitute. Also, two hundred eighty five million chickens are raised each year to produce eggs but they are so tightly packed that they cannot move a wing, and the claustrophobic environment causes many to die or become sick, yet their eggs are still used. Other animals are cramped into a wire cage which causes cuts, infection, cannibalism and death. Pigs are also ill-treated because they cut piglets tails off and cut their ears to identify them from each other without giving them pain-killers (113 Facts About Animal Cruelty).

When people also use animals for fighting purposes it is abuse and the after effects are horrible. Dogs that are used for fighting are chained, taunted, and starved to trigger extreme survival instincts and encourage aggressiveness and the loser of the fight are abandoned, tortured, set on fire, electrocuted, shot, drowned, or beaten to death. Luckily, dog and cock fighting are illegal in all fifty states. Every year, in bull fighting, an estimated amount of ten thousand bulls die. The bulls who win are also trained in the same way that a dog is which tortures and hurts the animals. Animal abusers also use their ability to abuse a child’s pet to coerce them into sexual abuse or to keep silent about the abuse already done. In reality, thirteen percent of animal abuse cases involve domestic violence and about seventy percent of animal abusers have record of other crimes (113 Facts About Animal Cruelty).

The sad thing about this is that over sixty-five billion animals are abused each year by humans just for their...
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