Throughout the years, animal cruelty has changed but for the worst not the better. Imagine being beaten to the brink of death by a human. Imagine being forced to fight to the death of oneself or opponent. Imagine being starved so much that body parts start to go out on ones body. Would a human enjoy being beaten or starved? Are animals not as important as humans? Is animal cruelty worthy trying to be stopped like human abuse? Animal cruelty is currently a growing problem in today’s society because of psychological disorders, overpopulation, and money and it should be stopped.
Animal cruelty is a term that is not clearly defined as it deals with many different ways . Two types of animal cruelty are active and passive animal cruelty. Active animal cruelty is defined by Gaps, the Georgia animal protective services to be, “ implies malicious intent, where a person has deliberately and intentionally caused harm to an animal, and is sometimes referred to as NAI (Non-Accidental Injury)” (“Animal Cruelty”). Active animal cruelty is intentional and sometimes the worst that happens because someone actually wants to hurt the animal. Actually wanting to hurt an animal is worse than accidentally hurting an animal, although both are unforgivable. According to Gaps. the Georgia animal protective services, passive animal cruelty is “categorized by cases of neglect, where the crime is a lack of action rather than the action itself” (“Animal Cruelty”). Passive animal cruelty cover the neglect part of animal cruelty while active animal cruelty covers the parts like, animal fighting, and beating an animal, etc.
Psychological disorders is a major cause of animal cruelty. Split personality and being abused as a child is two main physiological disorders that is seen to cause animal cruelty. Split personality is a disorder seen in many cases today. According to WebMd, split personality disorder is defined as, “a severe form of dissociation, a mental process, which produces a lack of connection in a person's thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity” (“Dissociative Identity Disorder”). Split personality causes a person to feel like some things that they are doing isn't wrong. People with split personality disorder are caused to do animal cruelty because they feel like that its ok to do. They think there will be no repercussion to doing what they will to the helpless animals. A known murder, Patrick Sherrill, was also known to abuse animals. Sherrill suffered from split personality disorder and “he liked to attack small animals and then let his dogs cause even more damage” (Nemeth). Brenda Spencer, also has split personality and enjoyed abusing animals. Spencers choice of cruelty was “abusing cat and dogs by setting their tails on fire”
(Nemeth). These two examples could have been prevented if the people were medicated for their disorder. Split personality can cause animal cruelty if not treated properly.