Animal Abuse Essay

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I am writing about animal abuse. Some topics that will be discussed is the number of animals abused in a year, what exactly is animal abuse, why people abuse animals, and what is the penalty for the owner for different states across North America. Animal abuse is something that happens in everyday situations. It is a topic that needs to be discussed and should be resolved to put a stop to crime against animals.The first topic that will be discussed is, "What exactly is animal abuse?" In general when people think animal abuse they think a dog that has been severely beaten. Now this is one thing that is considered animal abuse. However, there are many other things that are considered animal ...view middle of the document...

Second, is intentional cruelty or abuse towards an animal. Intentional cruelty or abuse is when someone knows what they are doing and does not care what could happen to the animal. An example of this is, in "Greenville, North Carolina a case where someone inserted an explosive, most likely a firecracker, into a cat and set her on fire. The cat, named Peaches, suffered second and third-degree burns on 30 percent of her body, according to news reports. The incident happened in November, on Thanksgiving 2001. According to news reports, the fire burned her rectum shut, and Peaches suffered wounds that reached to her bones. After months of surgeries, medication and treatment at Greenville Veterinary Hospital, Peaches has been adopted into a loving home." (http://www.hsus.org/press_and_publications/press_releases/hsus_offers_1000_reward_to_revive_yearold_north_carolina_case_where_cat_was_burned_by_explosive.html, 2009). After reading this report someone might think that is an awful thing to do well, this is true. Although someone who would do something like this to an innocent animal obviously needs some professional help because somewhere during their life something went wrong somewhere. Third, is "knowingly depriving an animal of food, shelter, water, socialization, veterinary care or maliciously torturing, maiming, mutilating, or killing an animal"( http://www.hsus.org/acf/cruelty/publiced/animal_neglect.html, 2009). This means that someone knows the animal needs food, water, shelter, and socialization but does not care. If the animal is starting show a sign of starvation and dehydration and the owner still does not help the animal that is animal abuse. If it is extreme weather conditions outside and the owner does not provide the correct shelter for the animal then that is animal abuse. If the animal is becoming depressedAnimal Abuse 4because of lack of socialization and the owner sees this and still does nothing about it that is animal abuse. The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward to anyone who can give them information on this incident "North Carolina residents Lawanda Ragland, of Vance County, and Mark Anthony Davis of Wake County. They are suspected of raising pit bulls and bullmastiffs for dog fighting and are facing animal cruelty charges" (http://www.hsus.org/press_and_publications/press_releases/hsus_offers_reward_nc_dogfighting_suspects.html, 2009). The reason this falls under "knowingly depriving an animal of food, water, shelter, socialization, veterinary care or maliciously torturing, maiming, mutilating, or killing an animal" (http://www.hsus.org/acf/cruelty/publiced/animal_neglect.html,2009) is because of this statement, "Ragland and Davis face 22 counts each of misdemeanor animal cruelty, including charges for depriving an animal of food and water. Vance County Animal Control Chief Alexander Hargrove said five counts are for failure to provide necessary medical attention"...

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