By Samantha Skinner
It happens anywhere and can happen anywhere. There is no one place that is safe from animal cruelty in the country, in the world, anywhere. Learning more about animal cruelty and why it happens or knowing more about the facts and statistics out there might help raise a bit more awareness on why it is important to speak up, to say something.
If you see an animal that is going through something horrible, do not pass it by. Do not push it from your mind. Make sure to speak up and let someone know about what is happening. It might be the best thing that ever happened to the animal, to be rescued.
Important Facts About Animal Cruelty
Here are many important facts regarding animal cruelty to make sure to keep in mind. When you see something that doesn’t seem right, speak up and let someone know.
- Men that have committed animal cruelty crimes as children were more likely to commit violent crimes as they became older.
- Children that experience domestic violence in their home are three times more likely to commit animal cruelty or abuse animals than other children.
- 65% that were arrested for crimes against animals by the Chicago Police Department were also arrested for battery or abuse against a human.
- Humane education is a class that is sometimes offered in schools, and they are pushing to offer it in even more to provide the education needed to show compassion to other living creatures.
- Puppy mills are large scale operations where the puppies are bred just for profit without care to their health or well-being. Often, these puppies are bred with health conditions such as kidney problems or heart failure.
- Genetic manipulation of chickens has caused 90% of the broiler chickens to have trouble walking.
- Dog fighting came about in the late 1800’s and continues to be a problem that many law officials are finding and trying to stop, though somewhat unsuccessful.
- Rodeo events sometimes use harmful tactics to rouse the animals, like the bulls, for the pure pleasure of the show by pulling and twisting the tails of the calves or giving bulls electric shocks.
- There are close to 2,000 new cases of animal hoarding across the United States, making over 250,000 animals victims.
- Fur that is found. In the US usually comes from China where they bleed the dogs and cats and then skin them for their fur. Often it is mislabeled as fur or skin from another animal.
It is important to note that there is always a cycle to violence. When someone abuses a person, they are more likely to do it to an animal, especially when the person is out of the picture. They sometimes even kill the animal in the process. Additionally, those children that seek out and harm animals do have to seek out psychiatric help, as this becomes a problem as they age.
Reporting Animal Cruelty
It is important that you report the cruelty that is happening when you see it happen. This can be done by contacting the local law enforcement agency, pet shelter agency, SPCA or Humane Association. Contact them to let them know what you saw, be detailed, have the information on where the pet is handy and go from there.
Animals do not deserve to be treated badly and through the help that is being offered by these organizations, you can be sure that you have the situation checked out before it becomes worse and the animal loses their life. Love animals and help to save them. It can be the best feeling. They will thank you.