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Stop The Cruelty Essay

1646 words - 7 pages

Keera Owens
22 August 2012

Stop the Cruelty
"Did you know that most American households have one or more pets than they have children?” stated by the American Humane Association. We all know that once you decide to get a pet that you now have responsibilities you must fulfill. For instance if you have a dog you know that a dog needs exercise, food and water, toys, baths, medical assistance and even a nice cozy bed. Something that's also important that a dog must receive is a sense of love and safety. “In the United States alone, five to seven million pets are turned into shelters each year,” (ASPCA). All of these millions of animals sitting in shelters are lacking the same one thing ...view middle of the document...

This is why it is so important to report someone who causes harm to animals. These individuals find pleasure in harming something that won’t fight back and this usually leads up to crimes such as rape and child molestation. Not all animal abusers turn into serial killers or rapists but it is still very important to take every case extremely serious. If we could stop people from intentionally harming animals then we could potentially stop that person from causing any harm to humans. For example at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, April 20, 1999, there was a mass shooting. Two young teenage boys by the name of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebod started a shooting massacre which 12 students and one teacher were murdered (Jennifer Rosenberg, 1999). It was allegedly said that the two boys had bragged to friends about how they would mutilate animals. If this had been reported to authorities and taken seriously, this horrible massacre could have been avoided and the two boys could have received proper help.
This is something not a lot of people know but not all states take animal cruelty seriously. It’s hard to believe but Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, and North Dakota have no felony provisions for cruelty to animals. Stated by the Human Society, “a good felony anticruelty law should protect all animals, apply to first time offenders, carry large fines and lengthy prison time, have no exemptions, and prohibit abusers from owning or living among animals.” I agree with this one hundred percent and all states should have penalties against these crimes. This is something that can better protect communities and keep animals from being put into shelters or worse, death.
If you’re familiar with animal hoarding then you know it is an extremely appalling thing to witness. This is also another form of abuse and animal hoarding is something that some individuals have a serious problem with. I’ve always looked at hoarding to be a psychological issue caused by something in the individuals past. Some people hoard due to the fact that their parents or parent hoards as well so it can also be a hereditary issue. A typical hoarder will try and hold on to every single thing in their home and not throw away anything. The floor will be covered and the piles will be up to the roof. With animal hoarding it’s almost the same concept but just imagine animals everywhere. We’re not talking about a spotless clean environment either. These animals are not being treated in a proper way, they are mal-nourished, and they bear diseases that could be fatal to anyone that comes in contact with the animals. There is a complete difference between having many animals, taking care of them and having a controlled environment whereas to having a filthy home covered in feces and dirt. I think it’s very important to report someone you suspect of being an animal hoarder. Animals living in such a horrible environment suffer and are more prone to death.
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