Animal Cruelty

Top Ten Facts to Know

10. Apart from these animals, animal statistics show 15 million warm-blooded animals worldwide, are tortured daily in laboratories.

9. A study conducted in 2001 reported that over 42% seals were skinned while they were alive and conscious

8. To make a 40-inch fur coat it takes between 30 and 200 chinchilla or 60 mink, 50 sables, 50 muskrats, 45 opossums, 40 raccoons, 35 rabbits, 20 foxes, 20 otters, 18 lynx, 16 coyotes, 15 beavers, or 8 seals.

7. Up to 75% of domestic violence victims report that their partners threatened or killed family pets.

6. Approximately 250,000 dogs were placed in fighting pits nationwide.

5. Approximately 40,000 people were involved in organized dogfighting and an additional 100,000 were involved as street-level fighters.

4. The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) estimates that approximately 250,000 animals per year are hoarding victims.

3. A survey of the 50 largest U.S. shelters for battered women found that 85% of women and 63% of children entering shelters discussed incidents of pet abuse in the family.

Animal Cruelty and Dogfighting National Statistics (n.d.): n. pag. Web.

2. Pets live most frequently in homes with children: 64.1% of homes with children under age 6, and 74.8% of homes with children over age 6, have pets. The woman is the primary caregiver in 72.8% of pet-owning households.

1. In one study, 70% of animal abusers also had records for other crimes. Domestic violence victims whose animals were abused saw the animal cruelty as one more violent episode in a long history of indiscriminate violence aimed at them and their vulnerability.