Why is it important to know about animal abuse?
The evidence of a link between cruelty to animals and violence toward humans is compelling. In fact, people who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crime. By taking action against animal cruelty, we protect animals and may uncover and perhaps prevent additional crimes.
What is deemed animal abuse?
Animal cruelty involves gratuitously inflicting harm, injuring, or killing an animal. The cruelty can be intentional, such as kicking, burning, stabbing, beating, or shooting; or it can involve neglect, such as depriving an animal of water, shelter, food, and necessary medical treatment.
The evidence of a link between cruelty to animals and violence toward humans is compelling. Animal abuse, like many other forms of abuse, is about power and control over a helpless victim. By taking action against animal cruelty, we protect animals and may uncover and perhaps prevent additional crimes.
Why you should stop animal cruelty?
The study also concluded that a person who has committed animal abuse is: 5 times more likely to commit violence against people. 4 times more likely to commit property crimes. 3 times more likely to be involved in drunken or disorderly offenses.
Why is it important to talk about animal abuse?
Animal abuse also often takes place far from the public’s prying eyes. Animals have rights, and failing to respect those rights has unending consequences. Animal abuse is one of the most important topics for us to discuss, but it’s also among the most difficult to contemplate.
How can you tell if someone is abusing an animal?
Animal abuse also often takes place far from the public’s prying eyes. You wouldn’t know if your neighbor was abusing an animal unless he or she brought the activity outside where you could see it.
How does law enforcement deal with animal abuse?
Law enforcement investigates reports of animal abuse and takes appropriate action. Some might argue that there’s a third, less obvious, type of animal abuse: Ignorance. If a person doesn’t know how to take care of an animal and causes the animal harm because of that ignorance, abuse takes place.
Is it a felony to abuse a dog?
While all animals in our society are still legally considered property, at least abusing dogs and cats is now a felony in all fifty states. However, what is felony cruelty if done to a dog or cat is perfectly legal if done to an animal we have designated as a food animal.