Animal cruelty involves numerous aspects of harsh and brutal treatment towards animals, ranging from religious rituals to entertainment organizations; this often results in mental, psychological, and physical disorders within the animal. The act of treating animals heartlessly can branch from a number of different causes; including mental or emotional disorders, control issues, peer pressure, failure to provide the proper care for an animal, or pleasure from pain or violence ("Information on Animal Cruelty."). Despite the public opinion, animal cruelty occurs on a daily basis in several industries or fields such as: religious traditions, farming, ranching, entertainment, and hoarding.
Some religions, like Muslim, Islam, Jewish, and Santeria, require various animal sacrifices in order to fulfill their doctrines. Sacrifices in the Muslim and Islam religions are much more than just an act of respect, it is essentially a pledge of loyalty and being close to their god. This act also shows a certain appreciation and acknowledgement of the life their god has blessed them with ("The Ritual of Animal Sacrifice."). Surprisingly, many issues dealing with religious sacrifices is not the killing of an animal but the steps that lead up to the slaughter. In most cases, animals are placed in restraint devices that can cause the animal to be put under stress and pressure. In order for an animal to feel comfortable in one of these devices, there should be adequate light and minimal shadows or noises. The main purpose of this machine is to stun the animal and make them less sensitive. If an animal does not spend enough time in restraints, this will cause the animal to still have some sort of feeling while undergoing slaughter. Other ways to accomplish this purpose is by using electricity, which should be applied with great care in order to keep the animal comfortable and calm. The type and characteristics of the knife used in the slaughter is also important and should meet certain requirements. The knife should be straight and incredibly sharp in order to make one simple cut to minimize the pain of the animal caused by the incision. Abiding by these rules will hopefully reduce the stress and pain for the animal ("Religious Slaughter and Animal Welfare:a Discussion Formeat Scientists.").
The little known Santeria religion is made up of Catholic and African beliefs. Sanitaria churches have been popping up all over the United States, causing a small uproar about their sacrifice rituals. Although this religion has no scriptures, the importance of sacrifice has been passed down from generation to generation. Animals, especially chickens, are used to feed their “Orishas”, which are “mortal spirits”, who depend on offerings and praise in order to survive. Animals like turtles, goats, doves, and others are slaughtered in the name of their god by cutting carotid arteries with one stroke of the knife ("Religions: Santeria."). This religion has caused...