Animal cruelty is any act of violence or neglect against an animal. A few things one may have seen are an animal tied up outside for all hours of the day with no food or water or maybe a person has seen an owner purposely hit their dog. Animals, like humans, have feelings and reactions to the way they are handled: abused animals could become dangerous to society.
Society most often defines animal cruelty as the infliction of physical pain, suffering, or death upon an animal when not necessary for purposes of training, discipline, or to procure food (MSPCA Angell 1). If the animal is hurt not to procure food, or release the animal from incurable suffering but wantonly for mere sport, the indulgence of a cruel and vindictive temper, or with reckless indifference to its pain it is also considered animal cruelty (“Animal Cruelty Law and Legal Definition” 1). Animal cruelty cases make headlines around the country every day, whether it is the person who kills the neighbor's cat, the hoarders of sick and dying animals, or the family whose freezing, starving dog is tied up outside in the middle of winter (Lin 1).
Many of the types of animal abuse are: dog fighting, cock fighting, animals used for testing products, inhumane methods of killing such as gas chambers, slaughtering, hoarding, sexual abuse, and confinement hunting (C. Smith, personal communication, 17 October 2011). These are just a few types and there are many more. Some people cause animal suffering intentionally because they enjoy it, while others abuse animals through carelessness (“Animal Cruelty Facts” 1). It is said that, “A person can be cruel passively or inactively simply by omitting to take some form of action” (“Animal Cruelty Facts” 1). It has also been stated that, “Active cruelty requires committing an act which inflicts pain such as cutting off a limb, stabbing, choking, or punching an animal” (“Animal Cruelty Facts” 1). The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stated that, “Everyone sees things from the perspective of their own concerns and interest and many people have an interest in animals” (MSPCA Angell 1).
Most cats and dogs that a person gets from a pet store have come from a puppy mill, where they are caged up and bred multiple times (“Animal Cruelty Facts” 2). Puppy mills are when animals are used for commercial purposes used solely for financial gain (C. Smith, personal communication, 17 October 2011). These puppies are kept in unsanitary confinements where they must eat, sleep, and defecate in the same area (C. Smith, personal communication, 17 October 2011). Another major form of abuse is the exotic pet trade where animals such as birds, snakes, and monkeys are smuggled in suitcases where they remain for long periods of time (“Animal Cruelty Facts” 2). The exotic pet trade has essentially contributed to the suffering of millions of animals, threatening public health and safety, disrupting ecosystems...