As I look at today’s society, there is one problem imp articular that stands out to me. It affects my family’s farming operation, and it affects everyone in some way whether it is from watching it on the news from time to time, or having dealt with some form of it in your past. The topic I would like to propose is animal cruelty. I want to explore this topic because of the so many different points of view that our society has upon it. It may not directly affect everyone in our class, but I guarantee every single person will have an opinion on what defines animal cruelty. Does everyone oppose it? Are all animals that don’t live in your house being abused? Is keeping livestock in barns animal cruelty? If your pet does something bad and you beat it, is that animal cruelty? If you leave your dog in the car in 100 degree weather for a prolonged period of time, is that cruelty? There are so many different opinions on these questions, and I look forward to getting the chance to be able to examine the topic closely in this essay.
I have always had my own opinion on animal cruelty and what it is, but I have come to find out, not very many people share the same view on this topic. So, the first thing I wanted to do in this paper was to get a good solid base to start off of, and I figured that would be an actual definition! I typed in the phrase “animal cruelty definition” into Google and a definition on Wikipedia popped up. It read, “Cruelty to animals is the infliction of suffering or harm upon animals, other than humans, for purposes other than self-defense. More narrowly, it can be harm for specific gain, such as killing animals for food or for their fur.” (“Animal Cruelty”) As it turns out this, in a sense, did not help me at all because within this definition, to me, there are two different definitions. Although it did not help me reach a consensus, it did spark motivation in me to do some more research for myself.
The first thing I
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