Now days it seems as though people may be falling out of love with their pets. Over 137,245 cases of animal cruelty in the year 2007 back up that belief, with a 24 percent increase since the year 2008. In most bad cases reported, all animals are removed from their owners’ “so called” care, and a large percentage of animals have to be put down because they are terrorized so much to the point where that has to be done. “I care not much for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” (Abraham Lincon). There are two ways of animal cruelty. One is passive, and the other is active animal cruelty. “Ever occur to you why some of us can be this concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don’t vote.” (Paul Harvey) There are many laws and penalties for passive and active abuse, including ways to prevent it from happening to the animals in the future.
Passive animal cruelty is not necessarily hands on harm, but allowing an animal to suffer. “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” (Albert Schweitzer). Starving an animal is one of the most serious. “those who wish to pet and baby wild animals “love” them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more.” (Edwin Way Teale). Not taking an animal to the vet when needed and allowing it to remain in pain is also very severe. “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” (St. Francis of Assisi). In some cases collars grow into the animal’s neck, causing massive infections and scars for life. “The basics of all animal rights should should be the Golden Rule: we should treat them as we wish them to treat us, were any any other species in our dominant position.” (Christine Stevens).
Active abuse is...