Every day in the United States animals are neglected, beaten, and forced to fight for their own survival. They are left in unsanitary conditions, confused on why this torture happening to them. Their basic needs of food and water are deprived of them, and compassion from their owners is not being shown. Just one example of the many situations that are occurring, news stations of Miami reported a horrific case of animal neglect back in July of 2013. Police and rescuers found two horses that were 200 pounds underweight and stuck in an 8-by-10-foot pen at an area ranch. The stall was boarded up, apparently to avoid being noticed. "It was almost like they were being nailed into a coffin to die," says the local ASPCA president Jeanette Jordan. The horses had had no food or water for months—even though a lake was apparently visible to them from their stall. "They could see the water, but they couldn’t get it"(Cantor). The United States has basic animal welfare a law in place but unfortunately, the abuse is still occurring, and the laws need to be stricter.
The first step in solving the problem is identifying the abuse that occurs. Animal abuse can be defined as the human infliction of suffering or harm upon non-human animal (Cruelty). The most common types are animal hoarding, neglect, puppy mills, and the horrific science experiments forced upon animals for human gain.
The hoarding of animals can be considered abuse if the living conditions are bad enough to be causing a health problem for the owner and the pets. Often times, the owner isn’t aware that he or she has a problem. To them, they think that their situation is perfectly normal and living amongst cat and dog feces is not an issue. Broker-May says, “I do believe if you have way too many animals and they are underfed and unhealthy, that they should be taken. But if you say have 30 cats, 20 dogs, and 8 chickens, if they are all well taken care of, well groomed, and healthy, nobody has any right to take them away from you.” When the situation gets out hand, and the animals are affecting the owners living conditions, that is when hoarding is considered animal abuse.
Neglect is when the basic needs of animals are not met. Withholding food and water from an animal is the most severe form of punishment that you can inflict upon a pet. In extreme temperatures, animals also need shelter to avoid the cold or the heat. In wild animal cases, it is their responsibility to care for their basic needs. As domestic animals, cats and dogs rely on humans for these things. Without them, animals will die. If the owner chooses to own a pet, it is their responsibility to care for the animals by providing shelter, food, and water.
Puppy mills are large scale commercial breeding facilities (Puppy Mills). The conditions in which these dogs are bred and raised, is absolutely horrifying. Often times, breeding at puppy mills is performed without consideration of genetic quality (Puppy Mills). Not only do these dogs...