Letter to Someone Who Cares | Animal Cruelty
We all have someone who we truly care about and are willing to do anything to help them. In terms of animals many households love and care for their pet like how they would like to be treated as an individual. Animal cruelty and/or abuse demographics have been increasing gradually over the years. Many forms of animal cruelty include animal testing, abuse, and neglect. Being someone that is a strong animal lover, I am against animal abuse because it is an action of inhumanity. Like some would say “we should treat others like how we would like to be treated”. This should also apply to animals even if they do not have human rights.
These animals have been going through obscured testing that is partially being funded by the government. Even though the Animal Welfare Act has been issued many animals are still not protected by the act. The animals that are, “used in experiments are commonly subjected to force feeding, forced inhalation, food and water deprivation, and prolonged periods of physical restraint.” All suffering is undesirable, whether it be in humans or animals. Discriminating against animals because they do not have the cognitive ability, language, or moral judgment that humans do is no more justifiable than discriminating against human beings with severe mental impairments. There are alternative ways that can replace the need for animals now. Such as studying cell cultures in a petri dish, can produce more relevant results than animal testing because human cells can be used. Besides the lab tests, there are more reports reoccurring on the news mentioning different types of animal abuse involved. Such cases reported are animals being forced to perform for live shows under physical abuse. Another being individuals hurts these animals for amusement and/or pleasure. It is disappointing the individuals involved in these types of crime only get a small fine without any jail time. While there are a couple states that have established strong animal cruelty laws it still should be a nationwide thing. Hurting an animal could also be looked at as if a human was hurting another human. But with how our society stands it is viewed differently.
You can make a difference even with a small donate or mouth of word. There are large organizations who are known to sharing ideas and plan to change the thought of animal cruelty. Such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) mission statement is to, “focus its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: in the food industry, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry”. Also for The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) they believe that, “animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law”. The spread to stop animal cruelty will begin to create peoples’ love for these furry ones.