Animal cruelty is without question one of the sickest and most despicable crimes in the world, and also the most preventable.
People engage in animal abuse in every city around the world, for many different reasons – NONE of them acceptable. Animal abusers come in all walks of life, from all professions, and all classes. Many times animal abuse is not as easily evident as it is with pet owners who viciously beat their pets. The most common pets in an American household are cats and dogs, and the statistics are nothing short of alarming.
An abused animal can turn on a human in an instant, so children and innocent bystanders can be attacked by an animal if it feels threatened. When abused, animals are not the only ones in danger.
Animal Cruelty Statistics
- Each year 10,000 dogs die in illegal dog fighting
- 13% of animal abuse involves domestic violence; Women in abusive relationships often don’t leave their abuser because they worry what will happen to their pet if they leave; men who abuse their partners tend to be more violent, aggressive people who seem to have no problem ‘taking it out on the dog’
- 70% of animal abusers also have records of other crimes – often violent crimes
- 3 to 4 million cats and dogs (healthy and adoptable) are euthanized every year in shelters
- Animals that are not euthanized are often sent to no-kill shelters where the animals are caged for weeks, months or years and the animals risk psychological damage, physical damage, illness and dying of loneliness; they often don’t get the medical attention they need as shelters are often underfunded and understaffed
- In the United States alone 1.13 million animals are used in testing and research every year – while there are other equally or more effective methods for developing new cosmetics and drug products
- More than 15 million warm blooded animals are used in research worldwide, and often kept in extremely uncomfortable cages, with little or no medical care
Look for These Signs of Animal Abuse and Cruelty in Cats and Dogs:
- Malnutrition, with pets being so skinny you can often see their rib cages
- Hair loss and other diseases of the skin or eyes
- Unexplained injuries, health problems or permanent disabilities, such as limping
- Being left in extreme heat for more than 15 minutes, or being left in extreme cold without proper shelter or a retreat they can warm up in
- Animal hoarding, where people have been found to have dozens or even hundreds of cats and dogs in their house – most of them underfed and malnourished
- Engaging in dog or cock fighting or attending the “games”
- Shock collars, electric fences and prong collar training
Ways to Prevent Animal Cruelty
- Know who to contact in your area if you suspect animal abuse. You can call your local police department for the information or call or email RescueInk.org – a charitable organization dedicated to preventing animal abuse – and who are willing to get personally involved to stop this abuse; you can reach RescueInk.org at 1-855-772-8465 (toll-free), or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. All information is always kept strictly confidential, and the sooner you report a suspected case of animal abuse, the sooner we can do something to step in and potentially save an animal’s life.
- Teach your kids and other children how to treat animals and to respect them as living creatures like ourselves.
- Speak up! If you see animal abuse in action, say something. If you are afraid of getting involved directly, or think the situation is potentially dangerous, call 911 and call us. Anywhere. Anytime.
- Support your local no-kill shelter or society and get to know the work they are involved in. Volunteer if you have time – they are always in need of more people to help out. Make a donation – of whatever you can afford – even $5 or $10 goes a long way in feeding and caring for abused or rescued animals.
- Take care of the animals you have. If you don’t want kittens or puppies, spay or neuter your animals or don’t let them around other animals while they are outside.
- Don’t animals on a whim, like kittens or puppies or bunnies for your children –
the fascination wears off quickly, and in many cases results in animals being
released in the wild – THESE DOMESTICATED ANIMALS ARE NOT EQUIPPED OR SKILLED IN DEFENDING THEMSELVES IN THE WILD OR FINDING FOOD. They will likely die!
- Learn more about the work of RescueInk.org – a unique organization of some very tough and very serious men and women who have made a commitment to stopping animal abuse and responding to reports quickly and effectively. Our site is www.RescueInk.org, and we always appreciate support, emails, mentions on Facebook, donations of money or much-needed supplies, but most importantly we’d like to hear from you about the work we are doing.
Cruelty to animals can be prevented in so many ways, but nothing can be done if it’s not seen or reported. Educate people you see abusing their animals and always, always report suspicious activity to your local law enforcement or animal control, and you can always report animal abuse to us at RescueInk.org.
And PLEASE… consider making a donation to support RescueInk.org – we are a 501(c)3 non-profit charity, and totally reliant on the support of people like you. Every dollar helps rescue, care for, pay for medical expenses, shelter, feed and find adoptive homes for animals in need. Thank you!