Animal Cruelty YATW

Hi. My name is Cole Hinton. For the You and The World project, my classmates and I took world issues that affect us and turned a service project into it to inform others around us about it and to make a stand to it. For my issue, I have chosen to do animal cruelty. Animal cruelty is a big issue to me because it is sad to see and hear about what people do to animals that can not defend themselves or are innocent and have done nothing wrong to deserve these actions. Looking at pictures of this issue are so hard to watch with disbelief and to think that someone would do that kind of thing.

Animal abuse and animal cruelty is a big issue not only in the United States, but in the world internationally. It’s something that has dramatically changed the way we see the world.However, many people simply ignore the fact that they are abusing animals because they do it to release pressure or just to have pleasure. The Humane Society states that animal abuse can be  shown by people shooting, beating, stabbing, or setting the animal on fire. It also states that these people who abuse their animals, probably abuse their family as well.

There are many reasons why people abuse animals. Animal cruelty has a wide range of actions, but not one answer isn't capable enough to explain many reasons why people do it. Each type of abuse is shown with certain patterns of behavior that experts use to help understand more about why people commit the crimes we encounter today.
Animal cruelty is often separated into  into two main categories: active and passive, also known as commission and omission. Passive cruelty is classified by cases of neglect, where the crime is a lack of action. Extreme passive cruelty can cause incredible pain and suffering to an animal.
Examples of neglect are starvation, dehydration, parasite infestations, allowing a collar to grow into an animal's skin, unsustainable shelter for extreme weather conditions, and not able to   have veterinary care when an animal needs medical attention.

Active cruelty is where a person has intentionally caused abuse and cruelty to an animal, and is sometimes referred to as NAI (Non-Accidental Injury). Acts of intentional cruelty are often some of the most disturbing and should be considered signs of serious psychological problems. This type of behavior is often associated with sociopathic behavior.
Animal abuse in violent homes can take many forms and can occur for many reasons. Many times a parent or domestic partner who is abusive may kill, or threaten to kill, the household pets to intimidate family members into sexual abuse, to remain silent about previous or current abuse, or simply to psychologically torture the the victims, extending their "power".

64.5% (1,212) involved dogs
18% (337) involved cats
25% (470) involved other animals
Reported abuse against pit bull-type dogs appears to be on the most: in 2000–2001, pit bull-type dogs were involved in 13% of reported dog-abuse cases; in 2007, they were involved in 25% of reported dog-abuse cases.
(some cases involved multiple species). Only 47 states in the U.S. take animal abuse as a crime. But, dogs and cats have protection in all states. But they are not the only animals that are abused and neglected. Horses, cows, pigs, ducks, and chickens are victims of the cruel acts of animal abuse.

Illegal animal fighting is another big issue that runs along side animal abuse.Illegal animal fighting is a blood-sport where  animals are specifically bred and trained to fight each other within a closed pit or ring, for the entertainment of people who place bets on the animal they believe will win. The fights are extremely dangerous, with animals often fighting to the death.
In addition to the extremely violent actions of the animal cruelty involved, illegal animal fighting events almost always include other criminal activity, such as gambling, drugs, prostitution and illegal firearms.
Additionally, it is quite common for children to be used during these events, usually as runners for the betting process. This brings up the obvious issue of exposing children to illegal activities, and it also contributes to their de-sensitivity to violence as they are exposed to these brutal and bloody scenes of animals ripping each other to pieces for money. Quite often, during a dog or cockfighting bust, these young runners are overlooked during the questioning process - which is part of what makes them desirable to use from an illegal animal fighter's standpoint.
Trunking: When two dogs (usually pit bulls) are thrown into the trunk of a car to fight. The trunk door is closed, and the last dog standing is the "winner".
Hog-Dog Fighting: When a dog (usually pit bull) is pitted against a feral pig, or hog. This is  common in the southern states. The HSUS believes that hog dog fights regularly occur in at least ten states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas.
Badger Baiting: When a dog or dogs is put against a badger. This is illegal but not uncommon in the UK. The badger, which may first be partially disabled by being beaten over the head with a spade, or by having its jaw broken or its legs chained, is placed in a baiting pit or some other arena. It is then set upon by a succession dogs, which are goaded on by their owners. According to RSPCA inspector Ian Briggs, 10,000 badgers are killed or injured by diggers every year.


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