Katherine L. California

Animal Cruelty

Animal Cruelty is happening all around the world and it needs to be stopped.

Dear Future President,

Animals are suffering all around the world. They are being starved, beaten, and abandoned, they are living creatures and they don’t deserve this. 

Animal Cruelty needs to stop because all types of animals are being treated un-righteously every day, they are living creatures and deserved to be treated with love and respect.

Dogs, cats, and many other animals are being beaten and starved daily, it is time we put an end to this cruelty. There are many different types of animal cruelty, some of the more common abuses include animal hoarding and dog fighting, however, there many more. Animal hoarding is when one has to many animals and can’t give them the proper care and love they deserve. Now that doesn’t mean that anybody with multiple animals is an animal hoarder. Animal hoarders generally have a deteriorating home, they may not be able to tell you how many animals they have in their care, most of the time there is a strong smell of ammonia,and the owner of all these animals may even state that all of her animals are happy and healthy even if they are showing clear and obvious signs of illness and distress. According to ASPCA there has been an estimated number of 900 to 2,000 cases every year in the united states alone (Animal Hoarding). Dog fighting is when dogs are forced to fight for entertainment and sometimes even the profit of the onlooker. Dogs like this are forced to live on small chain leashes and are stained and given drugs daily to increase their mass. These dogs usual undergo the cropping of their ears and they have their tail docked, or cut of close to their bodies so that the other dogs they are fighting against don’t have something to bit on, and these procedures are done in inhumane ways. While the dog fights may not end in death, more often than not the losing dog will be killed in the name of the sport (Dog Fighting).

All animals are living creatures and deserve to be treated with love and respect. There are many instances in which animals have been abused beaten and then abandoned, take Cinnamon for example. Cinnamon was still a young dog when this occurred. She had been tied up outside, her chain embedded into her neck. Cinnamon survived and is living a happy life however her right ear is permanently deformed (Meet Cinnamon). Another example is Oogy, Oogy was tied to a stake and left out for bait for a pit bull. In the attack he lost most of the left side of his face and he lost most of his ear, he was bitten so hard his lower jaw broke, and his owners threw him in a cage and left him to die. Luckily he was found by the police and survived. Oogy is now living happily and enjoying his new life (Oogy’s Story). Both of these dogs are finally getting the care and love they deserve however they have gone through experiences in their life no animal should have to go through. People have to remember that animals are living breathing creatures and they can feel pain.

Many people around the world say the reason they treat their animals this way is to keep them under control, however, there are much more humane ways to deal with these issues that would be more effective and would still give the love and care your animal needs. While many people use punishment-based techniques to train their dog all that is doing is teaching the animal what not to do and that animal is reacting out of fear and distress and this could damage your relationship you have with your pet. Your pet could start to be aggressive toward you, or maybe it would shy away from you, trying to avoid you in fear of being punished again. However if you emphasize positive reinforcement it could tighten your bond you share with the animal and your pet. For example if they do something correct give them a treat so they know that that is what is wanted. Think about it, if you were in your pets perspective, would you want a teacher that congratulated you on what you did correct or a teacher who only focused on your mistakes no matter how hard you were trying.

Now animal cruelty may already be illegal in some places but it is still happening all around the world and if we work together we can end this once and for all, the beating and starving of animals, dog fights, abandoning them, all of that can be stopped so that animals get the love and respect they deserve.

Sincerely, Katherine L.

“Animal Hoarding”, Animal Cruelty | ASPCA, N.P., Web., 5 Nov. 2016.

“Dog Fighting”, Animal Cruelty | ASPCA, N.P., Web., 5 Nov. 2016

“Meet Cinnamon”, Animals Abused and Abandoned, N.P.,Web., 6 Nov. 2016

“Oogy’s Story”, Animals Abused and Abandoned, N.P., Web., 6 Nov. 2016

“How Behavior Science Found Me”, Animal Training Philosophy-Positive Reinforcement, N.P., Web., 6 Nov. 2016

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