Animal cruelty simply means cruel unwarranted treatment of animals. Such treatment generally has a single point program - to subject animals and sometimes pets to unnecessary harm and pain. One major type of animal cruelty is torture.
Animal cruelty is a ambiguous term and the terminology depends from region to region, state to state and country to country. The definition of animal cruelty may be anything between comprehensive and non-existent. While animal cruelty amongst individuals may either be existent
in a lesser manner or go largely unnoticed and unnoticed informed, it is various institutes like companies and involved in factory farming, fur farming and animal testing who are accused of animal cruelty either majorly due to neglect. Other than these, other institutes where animal cruelty is thought to be rampant [Flourishing or spreading unchecked} is the entertainment industry, especially the circus and film industry. The circus industry is said to have rampant cruelty towards animals. This general concept has now given birth to the thought of a 'animal-free' circuses. Countries like Sweden, Costa Rica, Austria, Finland, India, and Singapore have come forward and banned or restricted the use of animals in circuses.
In a recent report, People For Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have come out with embarrassing facts about the circus lives of animals. According to their reports, various prominent circuses do not practice what they preach and indulge in animal cruelty on a routine basis. No institute or individual looks after the training sessions of the circuses. Tight collars, whips, beatings and torture are the order of the day for the animals of the circus.