Animal Cruelty Cases, Laws and Statistics

Animal cruelty is a grave issue that haunts time and again. Man has to understand that different species on earth help maintain an equilibrium on Mother Earth. Despite several measures taken by organizations such as PETA, animal abuse is a issue that needs to be addressed on a wider scale. This article would just throw some light on animal cruelty cases, laws and the statistics related to it.
| Thursday, February 05, 2009
"All beings are fond of themselves, they like pleasure, they hate pain, they shun destruction, they want life and want to live long. To all life is dear; hence their life should be protected." - Mahavira

Human Being is allegedly the most clever and dominant of all species in the food chain. However does power imply right to be brutal towards those who are frail? Cruelty against animals is unbridled these days. At the receiving end are always horses, dogs, birds, and cows - practically all species. We humans seem to be wholly ignorant and insensitive. We even take pleasure in being nasty against the lesser species.

Animal Cruelty Laws

As civilization has advanced, there has been an augment in ascendancy and regulations and set of laws of daily life. These governance and regulations mount from general repugnance over activities all over the world. One such fast growing activity is animal cruelty. Animal cruelty implies cruel gratuitous treatment of animals. Such behavior usually has a single point program - to subject animals and sometimes pets to unnecessary harm and pain. One major type of animal cruelty is torture.

Animal Cruelty Report

In a current report, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have released discomforting facts regarding the circus lives of animals. As per their reports, many famous circuses do not put into practice what they advocate and are active in animal cruelty on a customary basis. No foundation or entity takes care of the training sessions of the circuses. Tight collars, lashing whipping, beatings and persecution are the order of the day for the animals at the circus. PETA also mentions that the actions of the animals during the circus shows is not even close to what they would call natural, in the sense that tigers don't jump around and then lay down in agreement, elephants don't stroll trunk to tail and female elephants don't mount each other. All this is possible only by severe training, which may be translated into severe cruelty.

Circus Animal Cruelty

The animals in circuses are also customarily and hazardously exposed to multiple diseases. In some cases, they were not given essential medical first aid. Tuberculosis is seen as a main disease for the elephants in circuses. Some case reveal that the elephants were not treated medically for injuries inflicted during thrashing and other natural grounds. Circuses usually keep a huge amount of mud ready, to conceal the injuries and the blood spots on the elephants. Some elephants have also undergone lameness, arthritis and food eruption. Elephant deaths in circuses are frequently caused due to osteoporosis. Elephants endure Osteoporosis merely because they do not have broad spaces for their mobility. Due to the merciless treatments, it has been seen that circus animals are dying at a higher rate than they are breeding.

Animal brutality is a vague term and the terminology flickers from region to region, state to state and country to country. The classification of animal cruelty may be everything between wide-ranging and non-existent. While animal cruelty amongst people may either be existent.

Animal Cruelty Statistics

As per media reports, in animal cruelty cases, dogs are the most regular victims of animal brutality. Pit bulls, in particular, comprise a rising percentage of persecuted animals. Of 1,880 cruelty cases reported in the media in 2007:
  • 64.5percent(1,212) involved dogs
  • 18 percent(337) involved cats
  • 25 percent(470) involved other animals
  • Pit bulls represent an increasing percentage of total canine animal cruelty cases.
  • In 2000 and 2001, pit bulls were the victims in 13 percent of reported dog abuse cases.
  • In 2007, pit bulls were the victims in 25 percent of reported dog abuse cases.

Supremacy lies not in treading over the weaker species, but in being empathetic and compassionate enough to value their being. It doesn't mean that all of us will be an animal lover overnight - However the point is that if you don't like them, don't go out of your way to harm them either. Nature made all of us for a special reason and human being was not put at the head of the food chain to torment the other beings. We don't understand it now, but life has a law: What goes around, comes around. Let us not get so blinded and absorbed in our ravenousness that we forget how to be human beings.

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