What is animal cruelty?
Animal cruelty is a big problem around the world. People each day
abuse of an animal in physical and emotional ways.
Types of Abuse
Top 5 Types of Abuse
32% neglect or abandonment
Dog fighting has become a
big issue over the past years.
Approximately 10, 000 animals are abandoned each year according to
research. The total number of abandoned animals is rising each year like
for example from 2007 to 2008, the number rose by 57%, which is an
Nearly 250,000 animals are victims of animal hoarding each year.
A cat lady
A bathroom full of rabbits
A house full of rats
Hunting is often called a sport as a way to pass off a cruel, needless
killing spree as a socially acceptable, wholesome activity. Less than 5
percent of the U.S. population (13.7 million people) hunts, yet hunting is
permitted in many wildlife refuges, national forests, and state parks and
on other public lands.(40 Almost 40 percent of hunters slaughter and
maim millions of animals on public land every year, and by some
estimates, poachers kill just as many animals illegally.(5,6)
The dogs who are most commonly bred for fighting are generally
known as “pit bulls”: Staffordshire terriers, American Staffordshire
terriers, American bulldogs, and American pit bull terriers. Dogs who
are used for fighting are usually kept penned or chained (often with
heavy logging chains), and many are taunted and starved in order to
trigger extreme survival instincts and encourage aggression.
Some dogfighters train dogs by forcing them to tread water in pools;
run on a treadmill while a caged rabbit, cat, chicken, or other terrified
animal is dangled in front of them; or hang on with their jaws while
dangling from a chain baited with meat. Many dogs are injected with
steroids, and some dogfighters even sharpen their dogs’ teeth, cut off
their ears (to prevent another dog from latching on), and add roach
poison to their food so that their fur might taste bad to other dogs
In recent years, several former employees of Ringling Brothers Barnum
and Bailey Circus have been shedding light on the way elephants are
mistreated under the Big Top – the animals are "broken," "trained," and
"disciplined" with sharp metal bull hooks, and kept on chains for most
of their lives. Other members of the public have captured the
mistreatment on videotape, as the circus arrives in their cities and
Look at how small that train
space is. The elephants do not
have enough space to lay or
anything. They only stand until
they get to the next show.
In many circuses, animals are trained through the use of intimidation
and physical abuse. Former circus employees have reported seeing
animals beaten, whipped and denied food and water, all to force them
to learn their routines. Animals are taught that not obeying the trainer
will result in physical abuse. In the United States, no government
agency monitors animal training sessions.
Traveling from town to town is also inherently stressful for circus
animals—they are separated from their social groups and intensively
confined or chained for extended periods of time with no access to food,
water, and veterinary care. It’s no surprise that many animals suffer
psychological effects. Swaying back and forth, head-bobbing and pacing
are just some of the stereotypical behaviors associated with mental
distress displayed by animals in the circus.
Right now, millions of mice, rats, rabbits, primates, cats, dogs, and other
animals are locked inside cold, barren cages in laboratories across the
country. They languish in pain, ache with loneliness, and long to roam
free and use their minds.
Instead, all they can do is sit and wait in fear of the next terrifying and
painful procedure that will be performed on them. The stress, sterility
and boredom causes some animals to develop neurotic behaviors such
incessantly spinning in circles, rocking back and forth and even pulling
out their own hair and biting their own skin. They shake and cower in
fear whenever someone walks past their cages and their blood pressure
spikes drastically. After enduring lives of pain, loneliness and terror,
almost all of them will be killed.
On today’s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into
filthy, windowless sheds and confined to wire cages, gestation crates,
barren dirt lots, and other cruel confinement systems. These animals
will never raise their families, root around in the soil, build nests, or do
anything that is natural and important to them. Most won’t even feel
the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they are loaded
onto trucks bound for slaughter. The green pastures and idyllic
barnyard scenes of years past are now distant memories.
The factory farming industry strives to maximize output while
minimizing costs—always at the animals’ expense. The giant
corporations that run most factory farms have found that they can make
more money by cramming animals into tiny spaces, even though many
of the animals get sick and some die. The industry journal National Hog
Farmer explains, “Crowding pigs pays,” and egg-industry expert
Bernard Rollins writes that “chickens are cheap; cages are expensive.”