Proactive Prevention in Animal Cruelty
While doing research on animal abuse for my assignment, I found an overwhelming amount of disturbing material that pulled at my heartstrings. Animals wanting and needing love, safety and a caring home; are met rather, with a much more gruesome fate, their own living hell which ultimately leads to their death. What originally turned out to be a persuasive assignment on animal abuse has lead me to the significant importance of spaying and neutering of animals. Perhaps, if there were not an over abundance of strays on the streets or in animal shelters, a significant reduction in abuse and neglect would allow animals to live a healthier, happier life. George Bernard Shaw said it best, “The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them… But to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.” Animal abuse comes in many forms, from fighting animals to the death, to those who beat and harm animals out of anger or frustration. Neglect is the most common, animals left to starve to death and those that go without water for days and die from heat stroke or dehydration. Then there are those animals left all alone in complete solitude, with no companionship from a person or another animal. Horrific and soporific suffering of many dogs and cats without spay and neuter clinics and the lack of organized animal patrol to pick up the sick and diseased animals are what third world countries face. Not here in the United States where we have between 4,000 – 6,000 animal shelters, and the medical and scientific technology to achieve population control. There is absolutely no reason or excuse why animals in America are suffering like they do.
Every year over 20 million animals end up in a shelter. Over 15 million of them are killed (euthanized is the nice term). Of those...