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What is Animal Cruelty? How can we stop it?

Animal abuse and cruelty is a matter that I feel always gets pushed aside. Animal abuse happens more frequently than most people know. Animal abuse can be deliberate or by just simply neglecting to take care of an animal. There are several types of animal cruelties that have been going on recently. There is the spearing of dolphins in Japan. The dolphins are herded into the shore and then slaughtered. They are usually speared and left to bleed out on the shores. The process is slow and agonizing. The same is with crocodiles for leather industries. There is also the poaching of wild animals in different parts of the world. The one you most hear about is the slaughtering of elephants and rhino’s for their ivory teeth and horns. They hunt the animals down just to get their tusks/ horns to sell in markets. They don’t hunt the animals for food, clothes, and other necessities that most laws let people hunt for. These people like the hunt and the money that ivory brings them. There has also been huge controversy about people posting pictures of themselves with animals that they have just slaughtered. They slaughter tigers, lions, and cheetah’s also. People usually slaughter these animals for their fur.


Some of the biggest areas of animal cruelty come from pets. Pet abuse can happen in several different ways. Dogfighting is a sport for people’s entertainment and for profit. Puppy mills are dog-breeding facilities where profits are placed above the well-being of the animals. Hoarding animals is also abuse. Many caretakers take on more pets than they can handle which often leads to neglect. Other forms of abuse for animals are factory farms. Horse slaughter is also a big problem. Horses have been slaughtered for a person’s entertainment. Cockfighting and greyhound racing are also forms of animal abuse.

Jallikattu, a sport where bulls have to race for human entertainment is also a huge problem in our country. Also, animals are used to test medicines, make-up, psychological disorders, and how they can impact humans.


Most people don’t understand that animals experience the same types of psychological abuse that humans do. Animals need to be cared for and treated right. They are not things we can take our anger out on or be killed for fun. There are several ways in which you can stop abuse and can prevent the abuse from happening.

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