The Voiceless

Topics: Abuse, Suffering, Dog Pages: 3 (1112 words) Published: September 1, 2010
Think about this . . . you have no freedom, never hear a kind word, never know what the smell of clean air is like, and never touched by a gentle loving hand. It was said best by a lady named Ella Wilcox when she said, “I am the voice of the voiceless; through me the dumb shall speak; till the deaf world’s ears be made to hear the cry of the wordless weak”.

Some of us believe that a ‘dog is a man’s best friend’ or that cats are the ‘key to kindness’. If only everybody felt that way . . . but they don’t. I’m going to tell you about types of people who don’t feel that way about animals. But first, let me paint a mental picture for you. Picture a dog barking, that’s what they do, right? Imagine a steel rod being shoved down a dog’s throat to rupture their vocal cords so they’re ‘debarked’. Gut-wrenching scenes of malnourishment, filth, and sickness are all too common in abused animals. Others are beaten, starved, neglected, shot, tortured, and the list goes on and on.

Passive cruelty is shown by cases of neglect, where the crime is a lack of action. Severe neglect can cause incredible pain and suffering to an animal. Examples of this are starvation, dehydration, allowing a collar to grow into an animal’s skin, and inadequate shelter in extreme weather conditions. Active cruelty is malicious intent, when a person has deliberately and intentionally caused an animal harm. Some animals have been burned alive or even had acid poured on them causing them excruciating pain. This type of cruelty shows a sign of serious psychological problems and these actions are often linked with sociopathic behavior and should be taken seriously.

Studies in psychology and criminology over the last 25 years have shown that violent offenders have had childhood histories of serious repeated animal cruelty. The FBI has recognized that in the lives of serial killers, most had killed or tortured animals as a child. Other research has shown patterns of animal cruelty...
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