Animal Neglect - A Personal Cruelty
Animal Neglect - Chained Dogs
You've seen the commercials. You know, the ones that make me cry. The ones showing starving dogs, hairless cats, untreated wounds, horses that can barely stand, and more. You look into the beautiful faces of defenseless animals that haven't been fed or cared for. Who could do this?
Imagine a loyal dog loving his master only to find himself chained to a tree. He remains there in all kinds of weather, sunshine or snow there he is chained to the tree. Alone. No one to pet him or talk to him. No one to tell him he is loved. No one to truly care for him.
He was a loyal and loving dog and doesn't understand what happened. He tries to get loose to get back to his master but something pulls at his neck. He doesn't give up, he pulls and pulls till his neck hurts from the cuts he received. He needs a drink but he knocked the water dish over when he was pulling and now it is dry. The sun is hot and there is no way to get away from it. He pulls again and tries to run. This time he cuts his foot on something on the ground. He can feel the sticky stuff oozing from his foot. All he can do is lick it and hope the pain goes away. He's hungry but there's no food dish, and always this thing around his neck and something holding him to where he must stay....
Chained dogs constantly strain to escape their chained imprisonment. Their collars can become embedded in their necks causing sores on top of the embedded collar. A chained dog must spend his life on that chain in a confined area. An area where he must sleep, eat and eliminate. You can imagine if an owner chains his dog he's not cleaning up around that chained dog.
Chained dogs don't get any exercise and it's a safe bet to say they don't get taken on walks. Chained dogs often become dangerous due to their own protection, the neglect they feel and sometimes the torture of other people and animals as they are confined to the chain can make a mild mannered dog aggressive.
Here are some sad examples from peta.org:
- A chained Saint Bernard chewed off her own leg in an effort to break free from the cord she had become entangled in.
- A long-neglected dog underwent surgery in July 2008 after being found with his chain embedded in his neck in Proctorville, Ohio.
- The rotting remains of a chained dog—who hadn’t been fed or provided with water in 19 days—were reportedly found in the back yard of a Mendocino County, California, man in February 2005.
- A chained dog was killed when he was stung multiple times by a swarm of “killer bees” in El Centro, California, in May 1998.
Every Sixty Seconds an animal is abused!
Dogs are the most common victims of animal abuse.
Animal Neglect - Puppy Mills
To me, puppy mills go beyond animal neglect to animal cruelty. The cruelty starts with the breeding pair and continues to their puppies.
That cute little puppy in the pet store couldn't have possibly come from horrible beginnings, at least that's how it looks but its not true. Did you know that a female dog in a puppy mill could give birth ten times in five years?
Dogs and puppies in a puppy mill are often found with bleeding paws from spending their lives in cages, cages with wire bottoms. Puppies aren't the priority in puppy mills, making money is. Holding costs down allows the owner to see a larger profit and the ones who pay the price are the dogs.
The ASPCA says that puppy mill puppies suffer from many congenital diseases because there is no care taken in breeding, sick dogs are often bred just because they need more puppies. Puppy mill dogs often have no clean drinking water and their cages can become filthy and unsanitary.
Puppies are taken from their mothers way before they are ready and sold to brokers. Because they are taken so young, many of them die en route and never make their destination. Some puppies from puppy mills are sold to laboratories for research.
Puppy and Kitten
If you witnessed animal neglect would you
Animal Neglect - Hoarding
Hoarding animals is like any other hoarding. Collecting and keeping large numbers. Everyone's heard of "The Crazy Cat Lady" but has anyone ever been in her house or seen her animals? Sadly many animal hoarders think they are saving pets when in reality they are dooming them to a terrible life.
Having a large number of cats for example, makes it difficult to feed them all. Food may be provided but not in quantities large enough to be nutritionally adequate. Another problem is sanitation. Are there enough litter boxes for all the cats? Where do they eliminate? Dirty conditions can attract bugs and even rats.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund states on their website that up to two hundred and fifty thousand animals suffer from hoarding each year. It also states that seventy-two percent of hoarders are women.
It’s been estimated that there are 900 to 2,000 new cases every year of animal hoarding in the US, with 250,000 animals falling victim.
Animal Neglect - Farm Animals in Corporations
I didn't know how best to title this but I meant farm animals that have been taken over by big business, after these big business corporations took over the family farms. The days of caring for farm animals and worrying about their well being are over!
I read an article entitled "In the Belly of the Beast" in Rolling Stone online (rollingstone,com). What a shocker. In an undercover piece about pigs, an undercover worker was not prepared for the pigs "piled three feet high in the slanted trenches below; the blood on sows’ snouts cut by cages so tight they can’t turn around or lie sideways; the racking cries of broken-legged pigs, hauled into alleys by dead-eyed workers and left there to die of exposure....."
This is humane treatment? This article goes on to tell about "abuse done to livestock herds by the country’s agri-giants, as well as slaughterhouses and livestock auctions". How can this be? Where is the Department of Agriculture? Evidently understaffed and unable to police any of these places.
Its bad enough these animals are bred for us to eat but must they be treated so cruelly while they live? Workers have been convicted of beating downed animals, and using stun guns to electrify animals that were unable to get up on their own feet, kicking and punching them, to name but a few of the cruelties these animals are subjected to, often leaving them bleeding, paralyzed or suffering from head injuries.
Newharvest.org mentions throwing animals against walls, burning them with cigarettes, and pulling eggs out from inside live chickens’ bodies to throw at one another. Researching this made me sick to my stomach.
Just like puppy mills, these animals are money. They no longer graze in pastures or run around in the sun. The saddest part is there is no law against animal abuse in slaughterhouses so many animals have their throats slit and bleed out, alive through the entire procedure. Animals feel pain just as we do so why are they subjected to this cruelty? For the sake of money?
I can't go on. Researching and reading about this cruelty made me stop to cry each time.
Cows in a Pasture
What Can We Do?
What you can do
The Humane Farming Association
anti-cruelty investigations, legislation, media campaigns, and hands-on emergency care and refuge for abused farm animals
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Become a member; fund raise;
Ads and public service announcements; cruelty investigations; research; animal rescue' protest campaigns
investigate and make arrests for crimes against animals; anti-cruelty behavior team; forensic services; legal advocacy and more
The Humane Society of the United States
Donate; join online community; report animal cruelty;
Advocate for better laws; provide animal rescue and emergency response; maintain shelters and rehab clinics, and more
These are but a few of the organizations that care for and work for animals. We need to be aware and participate in any way we can. Not everyone can make regular donations but even a small one time donation is a help. Support your local animal shelter or volunteer time there, its a close to home solution.
Be vigilant. Notice the animals around you and how they are being treated. Report any cases of abuse or neglect that you see. Most importantly know who to report any abuse to! Support any law or politician that is advocating for better care for any animal.
Try to keep people you know, and those you don't, from buying puppies at a pet store. As sales go down and puppies lose their value puppy mills will shut down.
This is a blight on our society. To think that in this day and age animal cruelty not only exists but thrives. It is sickening and heartbreaking and we need to do something to stop it. Any action you take is a step in the right direction.
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