Dear Future President,
I strongly believe that animal cruelty needs to end. There are so many horrible ways that animals are abused such as puppy mills and dog fighting. 7.6 million animals enter animal shelters worldwide every year. I am going to tell you a little bit about puppy mills and dog fighting.
One way that animals are abused is by puppy mills. Puppy mills are breeding kennels that are either small cages made of wood with wire mesh or tethers tied to trees. Both are horrible conditions to live in for a puppy. Female dogs are bred twice a year and after they can't have any more puppies they are either killed or abandoned. When puppies are born, they are taken away from their mothers right away and are packed into cramped cages and taken to pet stores. Even though some pet stores will say their animals aren't from puppy mills, they might buy their puppies from a breeder that does.
Another way that animals are abused is by dog fighting. Dog fighting is when dogs are bred and then trained to fight. They are put into a pit and are forced to fight other dogs for people's entertainment. One fight can last up to 2 hours or until one of the dogs can't go on anymore. Children can also be present at dog fights and that can lead to insensitivity and disrespect for the law. Luckily, dog fighting is a felony offense in every state in the United States but it still happens.
Overall, I strongly believe that animal cruelty needs to end and there are lot's of ways that animals are abused such as puppy mills and dog fighting.
1. ASPCA. Animal Cruelty. ASPCA, http://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty Accessed on November 2nd, 2016.
2. PETA. Puppy Mills: Dogs Abused for the Pet Trade. PETA, http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animal-issues/companion-animals-factsheets/puppy-mills-dogs-abused-pet-trade/. Accessed on November 2nd, 2016.
3. The Humane Society of the United States. Dog Fighting Fact Sheet. The Humane Society of the United States, http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/dogfighting/facts/dogfighting_fact_sheet.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/?referrer=http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/dogfighting/facts/dogfighting_fact_sheet.html. Accessed on November 2nd, 2016.