Other Animals 23% Dogs Cats 60% 17%1,212 Dogs involved337 cats involved470 other animals involved
Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse or neglect, is the inflictionof suffering or harm upon an animal, for purposes other than selfdefense. More narrowly it can be harm for specific gain, such as killinganimals for food or fur.
Q: What is Dog Fighting? A: Dog fighting is a contest in which two dogs—specifically bred, conditioned, and trainedto fight—are placed in a pit to fight each other for the spectators entertainment and gambling.Q: What Happens in the Fight? A: At the start of the fight, the dogs arereleased from their corners and usually meet in the middle, wrestling to get a hold on theopponent. If they do, the dogs grab and shake to inflict maximal damage. Handlers are notpermitted to touch the dogs except when told to do so by the referee. Fights can last just a few minutes or several hours. Both animals may sufferinjuries, including puncture wounds, lacerations, blood loss,crushing injuries and broken bones. Fights are usually not to the death.
Q: What is a Puppy Mill? A: A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where money is given priority over the quality of the dogs. Unlike responsible breeders, who focus on producing the healthiest puppies possible, breeding at puppy mills is performed without consideration of genetic quality. This results in generations of dogs with unchecked hereditary defects.Q: What are some of the problems with puppy mill dogs? A: Puppies from puppy mills are prone to congenital and hereditary conditions. These can include:• Epilepsy • Giardia• Heart disease • Parvovirus• Kidney disease • Distemper• Musculoskeletal disorders • Upper respiratory infections• Endocrine disorders • Kennel cough• Blood disorders • Pneumonia• Deafness • Mange• Eye problems • Fleas• Respiratory disorders • Ticks • Intestinal parasites • Heartworm
The Humane Society of the United States holds a competitioneach year for The Art Institutes to make a fur free alternative tofamous runway designs.The real price of fur must be measured in deaths--not dollars. Every year,the well-organized fur trade spends millions of dollars to glamorize furcoats and accessories and to mask the real price of fur: pain, mutilation,and death for millions of animals.
The animals kept on farms for meat (cows, pigs,chickens, ect.) are subject to filthy surroundings andabuse. They are neglected, mutilated, geneticallymanipulated, put on drug regimens that causechronic pain and crippling, transported through allweather extremes, and killed in gruesome andviolent ways.
Tick or flea infestations. Such a condition, if left untreated by a veterinarian, can lead to an animals death.Wounds on the body.Patches of missing hair.Extremely thin, starving animals.Limping.An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food and water, often chained up in a yard.Dogs who have been hit by cars-or are showing any of the signs listed above-and have not been taken to a veterinarian.Dogs who are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners.Know who to call to report animal cruelty.Get to know and look out for the animals in your neighborhood.Make the call.Provide as much as information as possible when reporting animal cruelty.Contact your local law enforcement.Fight for the passage of strong anti-cruelty laws.Set a good example for others.Talk to your kids about how to treat animals with kindness and respect.Support your local shelter or animal rescue organization.Start a Neighborhood Watch Program.
• Donate to your local shelter or cruelty prevention team.• Volunteer at the animal shelter nearest you.• Adopt from a small breeder who can provide medical records or lineage; avoid chain pet stores.• Report anything you think is suspicious• Most of all, BE GOOD TO YOUR PETS!