Cheyenne Ezell Animal Cruelty


So, how many of you guys own a pet? How many of you know that the minute you get
home, you will be greeted with a wagging tail and a lick on the face no matter what kind
of mood you have been in that day? Well, most people would say that animals are
man’s best friend, but keep in mind, I did say “most”. I think it’s safe to assume that all of you
have seen at least one heart-wrenching commercial asking you to donate to shelters to care for
abused animals. What you may not understand, is how or why
anyone would want to abuse an innocent little creature. Although animal cruelty laws have improved
over the last century, they remain insufficient in addressing animal sensitivities. Criminologist Pierce Byrne argues that the
study of animal abuse is handicapped because they are not regarded as sentiment beings
capable of pain and suffering but as mere appendages to humans. However, animals are recognized as a having
feelings and should be treated with human respect. Animal cruelty can be faced head-on as a crime
only when all concerned embrace the perception that animals can indeed be victims. All of my life, I have been an animal lover. Ever since I can remember, we have had a family
pet that we considered one of us. I never could comprehend why anyone would
mistreat and abuse an innocent animal. Today, I am going to inform you on animal
cruelty in the United States, what it is, the different types of neglect, and the laws
against it. First, let’s look at what it is. Some may ask, what would you exactly consider
animal cruelty? According to cthumane.org, cruelty to animals,
also called animal abuse or animal neglect, is both the unintentional and intentional
infliction by humans of suffering or harm upon a non-human animal regardless of whether
the act is against the law. Animal cruelty can be either deliberate abuse
or simply the failure to take care of an animal. Either way, whether the animal is a pet, a
farm animal, or wildlife, the victim can suffer terribly. Deliberate cruelty can involved beating, shooting,
stabbing animals or even setting them on fire. Neglect is not giving an animal care but because
their misery is often prolonged, animals that die of neglect can suffer just as much as
animals that are deliberately harmed. Next, let’s look at the different forms of
neglect. According to animalrightsaction.com, cruelty
can take many forms ranging from unintentional neglect due to the lack of education or finances,
all the way up to premeditated cruelty like dog-fighting. It is important to determine if abuse may
be taking place. It may be hard to believe, but many people
do not even know the harm they are inflicting on their pets is, in fact, abuse. This type of abuse is known as unintentional,
and it is caused by neglect, animal hoarding, or failing to meet an animal’s basic needs. Some of these needs may include basic care
and protection such as shelter, food, water, care, and medical treatment required by the
law. Animal abuse also includes cruel intent. Cruel intent is often re-occurring and abusers
in this category feel a sense of power, control, or enjoyment when afflicting pain on others. Aggressive, timid, and fearful behavior are
often signs of animal abuse. Lastly, let’s look at the laws. Although animal cruelty is becoming a real
problem in the United States, there have been laws created against it. There are laws by state and international
laws. According to animalaw.info, in the state of
Arkansas, the crime of cruelty to animals is defined as “knowingly abandoning any animal,
subject to cruel mistreatment or cruel neglect, or injures or kills an animal without the
owner’s consent.” Cruelty to animals is a Class A misdemeanor
punishable with a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment for up to one year. Exemptions are only made for hunting and protection
of livestock. There are also many laws that have been issued
internationally. In many other countries, imprisonment and
fines can be issued in acts of animal cruelty if it’s only brought to the attention of animal
law enforcers. Unfortunately, these laws are not put into
practice as they should be. Recently in Arkansas, a woman from North Little
Rock was charged with cruelty to animals. Annie O’Neal threw a dog to its death from
the fifth floor of her apartment complex. She was also charged with third degree domestic
battery. This is Oogie. When Oogie was about ten weeks old, he was
tied to a stake and used a bait for a pit bull. The left side of his face, including most
of his ear was torn off. The police found him when the raided the facility
and he was taken to the hospital. With the help of the medical team, Oogie survived
and was adopted by twins Noah and Dan. Today, I have informed you on animal cruelty
in the United States. What it is, the different types, and laws
against it. About 300,000 animals die each year from animal
abuse. Abusing animals is highly unacceptable and
against the law. You may ask how can you help. Keep a lookout for abandoned animals and report
them to your animal shelter. Volunteer, or even donate money,. to your
local animal rescue facility. Albert Einstein once said, “The world is a
dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on
and do nothing.” Be the voice for those who can’t speak.

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