Persuasive Essay - Animal Rights

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Every day in the United States animals are beaten, neglected, and forced to struggle for survival. Left in unsanitary conditions with no food or water, they have little hope as they live out their days without the compassion they deserve. Some are found and rescued, given the chance to experience how great life and humans can be; others are not so lucky. To grow as a nation, we must fight for these abused animal’ rights and severely punish heartless owners. It is up to us to speak for these creatures who lack a voice, for who will if we don’t? One of the first steps in protecting animal and creating effective cruelty laws is understanding what they actually are. There are two categories: passive cruelty and active cruelty. Passive cruelty involves acts exclusion. It might seem less serious, but that is not the case; it can lead to terrible pain and suffering, and sometimes death. Some examples include starvation, dehydration, untreated infections, inadequate shelter in extreme weather conditions, and the failure to get medical care. Passive cruelty is sometimes due to the owner’s ignorance, so many animal control officers will first try to educate neglectful owners on how to properly care for animals before giving them a ticket or placing them under arrest. The second kind of animal abuse is active cruelty. It is more well know and disturbing. Sometimes referred to as non-accidental injury, this type of abuse involves purposefully inflicting harm on an animal in order to feel more powerful or gain control. This type of cruelty against animals should be taken very seriously, since it can be a sign that a person has serious psychological issues and may commit more acts of violence – possibly against humans. It is hard to tell what drives people to harm innocent animals. Studies shown that animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes
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