What Place Do Animals Have In Our Society?

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Animal Rights and/or Animal Abuse:

What Place Do Animals Have In Our Society?

Tabitha Mason

ITT Technical Institute

Written Analysis EN3220

Ms. Stacey Tetloff

May 27, 2012

A few weeks ago I decided to do my research paper in regards to animal abuse. Knowing from the very beginning that I was completely against animal abuse I thought that this paper would be a piece a cake. All I would have to do was to give examples of actual cases of animal abuse and just throw in my personal feelings on that particular case. But the deeper I dug the more enlightened I became on the subject, which led me to ask myself the question that when it comes to animal abuse and/or animal cruelty what rights do animals actually have, if any, and what place do they have in our society? Historically, animals did not have any rights or a place in our society, since they were considered solely as “property”. Today, the courts still solve issues under the same concept as if they are “property”. Animals should not be considered as property they should be considered as part of the family, as for production animals they should be treated with the utmost respect, and testing on animals should be done away with.

By definition animal abuse and/or animal cruelty is inflicting physical pain, suffering or death on an animal, usually a tame one, beyond necessity for normal discipline. It can include neglect that is so monstrous (withholding food and water) that the animals has suffered, died, or been put in imminent danger of death. (Unknown, 2012)

Sometimes these animals escape with minor or major injuries. Other times they die a horrible death. A common mistake that many pet owners make is, when they first bought their pets, they didn’t give a thought to whether their pets would take up their time or require lots of attention. Neither are they aware that their small, cute pet would

grow to become bigger and less cute in a couple of months. Thus, they lose interest and some will decide to “set their pet free.” Some of these innocent animals get tied up to a tree, torched alive, their tails cut off, and many more cruel things done to them. The luckier ones get sent to animal shelters where they have a second chance in finding a good home. Also, there are cases of animals being used for the testing of medicines, cosmetics, etc. (Unknown, ZKJ Designs, 2007)

On November 11, 2011 the South China Morning Post featured an article titled “Animals deserve justice for abuse” and it stated that when it comes to pet lovers’ cruelty to animals is as traumatizing as violence committed against human beings. Such abuse cases are not being followed up by the law enforcement properly, which could be perceived as an animal’s life is less valuable. But the police have realized that there is a need to “beef up” the training in the way they handle these matters. The training will consist of how to ascertain if an animal has been injured by a person, another animal, or simply by accident. Only 70 out of 687 reports of cruelty to animals between the years of 2007-2010 were deemed to be enough evidence for prosecution. However, the first step is just better investigation. (South China Morning Post, 2011)

The San-Antonio Express-News published an article titled “Violence against pets, people linked” on January 8, 2012 states that when Animal Care Services (ACS) specialists investigate animal cruelty cases, they sift for clues of other types of aggression. And its that instinct that kicked in when an ACS specialist investigated a case of a man that was accused of seriously injuring a 5-year-old schnauzer named

Chester. A year ago, the accused man and his wife were arguing when he snatched the dog from the wife’s arms and slammed him against a bathroom wall and bathtub, which caused the dog to be paralyzed. The man was charged with cruelty to animals.

Recent studies show that 80% of households with...
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