Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse or animalneglect, is the infliction of suffering or harm upon non-human animals, for purposes other than self-defense. Morenarrowly, it can be harm for specific gain, such as killinganimals for food or for their fur, although opinions differ withrespect to the method of slaughter. It usually encompassesinflicting harm for personal amusement or tofulfill zoosadistic impulses. Diverging viewpoints are held byjurisdictions throughout the world.Broadly speaking, there are two approaches to the issue.The animal welfare position holds that there is nothinginherently wrong with using animals for human purposes,such as food, clothing, entertainment, and research, butthat it should be done in a humane way that minimizesunnecessary pain and suffering. Animal rights theoristscriticize this position, arguing that the words "unnecessary"and "humane" are subject to widely differing interpretations,and that the only way to ensure protection for animals is toend their status as property, and to ensure that they arenever used as commodities. Laws concerning animal crueltyare designed to prevent needless cruelty to animals, ratherthan killing for other aims such as food, or they concernspecies not eaten as food in the country involved, such asthose regarded as pets.
Help End AnimalOverpopulation WithThe Situation Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is taking his time off from the exciting life on MTVs Jersey Shore to help end animal homelessness. He knows that the only way to end the animal overpopulation crisis is to always spay and neuter your companion animals. There are lots of lucky animals who get to go to loving homes, but unfortunately, there are far more animals in need of families than there are wonderful people to adopt them. Mike and PETA made this ad to help spread awareness of animal homelessness and of the fact that we really do have the power to help animals have a better life.
Ending the dogmeat trade Eating dog meat isn’t without contention even in the countries where consumption is high, including China, South Korea and Vietnam. The dog meat trade is either illegal or unregulated in all the countries where it is most common. In South Korea, for example, dogs are not officially recognised as livestock for slaughter and processing, meaning their meat cannot legally be sold. But enforcement is weak and many dog meat restaurants remain open.
BullfightingBullfighting pits a bullagainst men wieldingbarbed spikes, spears,swords and daggers.These weapons aredesigned to inflictintense pain and causeblood loss to weaken theanimal. At the end of thefight, the bull isslaughtered.The Spanish province of Catalonia recently led theway in the fight against bullfighting, thanks to thecitizen’s platform ‘PROU’ (‘Enough’), supported bycampaigning work by WSPA and Spanish membersociety ADDA, FAADA and LIBERAL.On 28 July 2010 the Catalonian parliament finallyvoted overwhelmingly to ban bullfighting. This banwill come into effect on 1 January 2012
Canadas Commercial Seal Slaughter: A Dying IndustryEvery year, the Canadian government allowsfishers in their off season to bludgeon and shootseals to death. The U.S., the E.U., Mexico, andRussia—which had been importing 95 percent ofCanadian seal pelts—have all banned seal fur.Around the world, the seal slaughter is an issueof cruelty to animals, and within Canada, its alsoan issue of government waste. A 2010 study by aprofessor at the University of Guelph found thatending the commercial seal slaughter would saveCanadian taxpayers at least $7 million a year. Theonly reason whthe government continues to propup this dying industry is because both liberalsand conservatives are desperate to control theswing seats in Canadas Atlantic region.
No Exotic Skins forAnn Taylor, LOFTAnn Taylor and LOFT wearers, rejoice! Theparent company of those iconic clothingand accessory brands, ANN INC., hasbanned the use of exotic-animal skins inits product lines after meeting with PETAand learning about the extreme animalsuffering caused by the exotic-skinsindustry. The companys newly revisedanimal welfare policy reads, "Our privatelabel brands do not use real animalfur and do not knowingly sell productswith skins considered to be exotic,including but not limited to alligator,crocodile and ostrich."