Animal Cruelty Facts

Do you wonder what constitutes animal cruelty? Are any constructive steps being taken against this issues? Read on to learn about animal cruelty and animal abuse facts surrounding this issue.
| Thursday, October 16, 2008

Dog may have been a man’s best friend since time immemorial but that hasn’t really stopped people from subjecting dogs and other assortment of pets and animals to abuse. Animal cruelty intentional or otherwise is a strong indicator of behavioral problems in human beings. With increased exposure to this issue more and more individuals and institutions are coming forward to protest against animal cruelty and to take some strong steps to stop this disturbing activity.

Animal cruelty basically refers to any act of violence, brutality or even neglect directed towards any animals. It includes abuse, use of animals in sports such as animal fights and also where animals are denied the basic necessities of food, water and shelter. This denial of basic requirements is called neglect and it also includes denial of basic care facilities such as veterinary care. This neglect may be because of ignorance on the part of the owner. Intentional animal cruelty occurs when an individual intentionally inflicts physical harm or injury on an animal. PETA, ASPCA are some of the organizations involved in raising awareness against animal cruelty. Individuals who perpetrate animal abuse and their mistreatment can be arrested and held accountable. However the prosecution of individuals indulging in animal cruelty is not always possible. In spite of many organizations actively working against animal cruelty this continues to be a big problem and following animal cruelty facts can only reiterate the importance of the issue:

  • Animal cruelty is not seen only in certain areas or in certain economic backgrounds. In general animal cruelty cases can be seen equally in urban as well as rural areas and across all socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Even though the awareness has allowed more cases of cruelty against animals to be highlighted, it could be only a fraction of the total number. This is because many cases simply go unreported.
  • Among all the victimized animals, dogs are most subjected to cruelty followed by cats and pit bulls are the most victimized among dogs.
  • A large number of households in America own horses. Following the closure of horse slaughter plants in US, reports indicate that horse abuse and neglect cases have not risen. However a large number of horses have been transported to Mexico and Canada for slaughter purposes.
  • Animal abuse is rampant in farms and many times the area where the animals are kept in confinement is so small that the animals can barely move.
  • Many of the individuals prosecuted for heinous crimes such as murder, atrocities against women and children have had a history of inflicting abuse on animals during their childhood or at some point during their life.
  • Many domestic violence cases also indicate that at times the abuser has also indulged in animal cruelty towards the household pets or other animals.
  • The most horrific cases of animal cruelty can perhaps be seen in circuses. Many times animals in a circus are trained using physically abusive training methods and other practices of intimidation. Trainers rampantly use whips, chains and sharp objects to beat and poke the animals into submission. The animals are kept chained in unhygienic conditions for long periods of time and do not get medical aid when they are injured. Many countries such as India, Singapore, Sweden and Austria among others have come forward to ban or restrict use of animals and to create and promote animal free circuses. It will take some time to totally eradicate animal cruelty from circuses.
  • Estimates indicate that as many as 15 million animals that are warm blooded are used in research laboratories. Scientists believe that around 100 species become extinct every day.
  • Another pointing reminder of animal cruelty is that around 18 foxes are killed to make a fur coat and for a mink coat around 55 minks are slaughtered.
  • Movies have always had instances of extreme animal cruelty and abuse of animals. The cases of animal cruelty in movies include "Apocalypse now" and "Southern comfort" which were replete with numerous animal abuse and killing scenes.
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Kyle Strode on Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Animal abuse is soooooo horrible people need to stop!!!
Brandon on Friday, March 23, 2012
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Animals should not be treated the way people treat them i hope that the people that treat them the way they do will have in bad in life one point in time
Belinda Thomas on Wednesday, November 2, 2011
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Animals are good's creation just like human.
Maddi on Tuesday, September 6, 2011
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Some people in this world just care about money, and a way to get that money is through animal cruelty and those people who put animals through that are stupid, wrong, idiotic, mean, selfish..ok where is a dictionary, anyway it just isn't fair.
Alex on Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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I'm in 4th grade, and i'm doing a persuavsive (not sure that's how you spell that) essay on why animal cruelty is wrong. not just wrong, i mean seriously wrong. even though i'm only 10, i want to make a difference, hopefully alot of people do..
Leah on Monday, May 17, 2010
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I read some different websites, and man i'll tell you i'm mad. people who are cruel to animals are mean. animals deserve to be treated right.
Leah on Monday, May 17, 2010
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Animal cruelty.. it's really harsh. my neighbors dog id abused all the time and my mom tries to fix it but noone will do anything about it, it's sick.
Oswald on Monday, May 17, 2010
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Animal abusing is horrible. i feel sad for the animals
Brooke on Tuesday, May 4, 2010
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Ya i think that the people that hurt their animals should be killed.
Lilly on Friday, April 30, 2010
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Animal cruelty is wrong. i think that what ever some one does to an animal, should be done to them.
Elizabeth on Thursday, April 29, 2010
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It says that people who tend to abuse animals were abused themselves but shouldn't they know how it felt to be abused? so why in the world are they causing pain for an animal who's going through what they've gone through? i really don't get people sometimes.
Sarina on Monday, April 26, 2010
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I am doing a project on animal abusecruelty and it drives me nuts that people do this and it just makes me cry and i'm replying to everyone because yall are all right and it is wrong i hate it i hate thinking about it it drivr=es me crazy!! grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!
Laray on Friday, April 23, 2010
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I think people take animal cruelty a little far. yes it is very wrong and i am definately not for it.. but there are time that you need to spank or thump a dog on the nose or butt because they were bad. if you are to do this then have a reason to do it. not just because you got angry and needed someone to hit!
Candice on Friday, April 23, 2010
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I think people are so bad cruel and nasty they deserve to live like us
Bradley on Wednesday, April 21, 2010
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Why do people hit dogs that are not chasing a car but hit the dog on perpuse.
Poppi Watzon on Friday, April 16, 2010
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I hate animal cruelty!! it should stop because we should treat animals just like himans! it is unfair..
Mia Medina on Thursday, April 15, 2010
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I think animal crulety is wrong cuz animals are people 2 & people that don't take care of there pets should not have any at all & they should die cuz of the way they treat there pets
Rachel on Tuesday, March 23, 2010
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Animal abuse is cruel. people who abuse innocent animals should be sent to jail or some kind of psych ward.
Who Cares! on Friday, March 19, 2010
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Animal abuse is wrong, on so many levels. im doing a report on animal abuse and i think it should stop!! any one who is abuseing there animal like cat, dog, etc, should be punished. and never come out.
» Brooke replies to Who cares! on Tuesday, May 4, 2010
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Ya im writing a paper on this to and i think that it should really stop!!!!!!!!
Emma on Wednesday, February 3, 2010
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This is so stupid wat ppl do ugh cnt stand it and i cnt stand that i hav ta read it for homework
Lyzet Guadalupe on Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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I think peopple are stuped for wat they are doing like their is no reason to do that especially that guy on the elevater the guy that beat up his girfriends dog up in the eleveter i think people that do this should be in jail for their rest of their livs i hate people who do this i want to punish them right know i am so furious....
Me on Monday, January 25, 2010
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Ya, the circus isnt the only form of intertainment out there. sure the animals are cute but if you want to see one do tricks buy a dog and teach it nicely, they dont need to be abused in order to learn one. animals arent stupid.
Sonny on Thursday, January 21, 2010
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I agree with most of you guys. except for the one that sayd " how can you have a circus without animals?". wake up! find a new form of entertainment. how would you like it if you were dressed up and locked in a cage. beaten and forced to learn humiliating routines. does nobody see that this is so clearly wrong?
» Jose Gonzales replies to Sonny on Monday, April 26, 2010
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I think all animals should punish for not letting us kill them i mean my god what is this world comin too
Cummulonimbus on Tuesday, January 19, 2010
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Hey world stop abusing animals
Cierra on Tuesday, December 1, 2009
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Stop animal abuse many animals die each day so help all those animals and stop the animal abuse
Danielee Seales on Monday, November 23, 2009
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What about horses? if horses dont win the race they are abandoned and not given food or water or are cared about and i feel so bad for those horses
Pat on Thursday, November 19, 2009
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First of all it was a water buffalo in apocalypse now. second, the tribe was performing a ritual that the director happened to film. it would have happened anyways. wake up.
» Hay replies to Pat on Thursday, April 22, 2010
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So are you with or against animal cruelty???:p
Malik on Thursday, November 19, 2009
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I agree with you so much there. lot of animals are dying right now because some jerks want to be a animal beater
Kitty on Saturday, November 14, 2009
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I think animal cruelty is wrong!!! and im annoyed that round 1000 animals are dying every minute:( and the government arn't realising that they can test on the computer using the specialised human tissue program besides animals reactions may be different and if they are then the wont just kill animals but theyll kill humans too!!
Victoria on Saturday, November 14, 2009
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How can you have a circus without animals???
Jenna on Monday, November 2, 2009
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What animal get killed the most and how many of that animal gets killed every year? if you can answer me that would be great. thank you for your time.
» Anna replies to Jenna on Thursday, April 22, 2010
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About 90 percent are abused and 99percent are killed
Audrounia Heard on Wednesday, October 14, 2009
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I think that animal abuse should be prohibited and stoped. animals should be cared for and loved just like humans. if humans deserve to get a second change so sholud animals. this is my opinion!
» Shelbo replies to Audrounia heard on Wednesday, February 3, 2010
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No its not your opinion it should b the law and i is true not an opinion its true
Morgan on Thursday, October 1, 2009
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Animal cruelty is extremely wrong and anyone who would ever think about hurting their animals should be killed
Ashley on Wednesday, September 9, 2009
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I think animal abuse is wrong and no one should have the rght to do that, it makes them cowards for hurting something that cant care or defend for itself
» Abby replies to Ashley on Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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Hurting an animal does not make you powerful or strong. it makes you an idiot and coward to face somebody your own size. stop the animal abuse. i can't even imagine..when i look at my dogs, i can't even imagine why somebody would hurt innocent animals like mine. what did they do to us? cruelty is not the answer. stop the madness. seriously.
» Alex replies to Abby on Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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Yeah, you got a point. it is very true. people should stop. like you said, what did they ever do to us? and a couple words to animal abusers: you don't go around buying animals to abuse them. if you can't take care of them without abusing them, then forget getting an animal. i mean, seriously people.
Marie on Thursday, May 28, 2009
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Nobody in their right mind should abuse animals
» Mckenzie replies to Marie on Monday, February 1, 2010
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Im in 5th grade nad im writing a paper on that:) cause i think that its really not right:(