The Endless Fight to Stop Animal Cruelty

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Animal cruelty has always been a hot topic for animal lovers all over the world. There are many organizations to try and end the cruelty of these innocent animals. It’s sad to think an individual would think treating an animal aggressively is an acceptable behavior. If a human is accused of animal abuse, then there should be serious consequences due to their wrongdoing. Animals need to be respected in the same manner as humans. There are many ways that could be considered animal abuse. A human physically harming the helpless animal, puppy mills, hoarding animals, cruel animal factories and many more are all considered animal cruelty. Also “dogfighting, cockfighting, and hog-dog fighting” are some of the unnoticed types of animal abuse (end animal n.p.). “Animal cruelty is defined as inflicting, harm upon animals for purposes other than self-defense” (“At issue” n.p.). Puppy mills are a huge problem in the US and it needs to change. “Pacelle said Missouri has more puppy mills than any other state” (Chebium 1). When you read statistics like this one it makes you wonder why they aren’t targeting this state and changing it. “Federal investigators have uncovered grisly conditions at puppy mills around the country; where dogs were infected with ticks, living with gaping wounds and in pools of feces” (USDA fails n.p.). The female dogs in puppy mills are bred year after year, starting before their even one year old and ending when they can longer produce puppies or die. The dogs are kept in cages their entire life and never know what it feels like to have grass under their feet. “In one case cited by the department’s inspector general, 27dogs died at an Oklahoma breeding facility after inspectors had visited the facility sev... ... middle of paper ... ...News. 19 Dec. 2013: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 21 Mar. 2014. Jalonick, Mary Clare. "USDA Fails to Crack Down on Puppy Mills." Newsday (Long Island, NY). 25 May. 2010: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 21 Mar. 2014. Meyer, Amy. "'Ag-Gag' Legislation Hurts Us All." Washington Post. 09 Jun. 2013: p. A.21. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 21 Mar. 2014. ProQuest Staff. "At Issue: Animal Cruelty." ProQuest LLC. 2014: n.pag. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 21 Mar. 2014. Regan, Tom. Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004. Print. Kindy, Kimberly. "Faster Slaughter Line a Slower Death for Poultry?." Washington Post. 30 Oct. 2013: p. A.1. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 21 Mar. 2014. Verrier, Richard. "PETA Seeks Probe Into Animal Safety." Los Angeles Times. 12 Sep. 2012: p. B.1. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 21 Mar. 2014
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