By: Naiam Perez & Nancy Campos
Why People Abuse Animals
- to control an animal
- to retaliate against an animal
- to retaliate against another person
- to satisfy a prejudice against a species or breed
- to express anger through an animal
- to enhance one's own aggressiveness
- to shock people for amusement
- to displace hostility from a person to an animal
- to perform non-specific sadism
Most Common Victims
*some cases involved multiple species
Animal Abuse Pictures
10 Quick Facts
*In one study, 70% of animal abusers also had records for other crimes.
*In the United States, 1.13 million animals were used in experiments in 2009, plus an estimated 100 million mice and rats.
*Abusers kill, harm, or threaten children's pets to coerce them into sexual abuse or to force them to remain silent about abuse.
*13% of intentional animal abuse cases involve domestic violence.
*More than 100 million animals every year suffer and die in cruel chemical, drug, food and cosmetic tests, biology lessons, etc.
*Approximately 9 billion chickens are raised and killed for meat each year in the U.S
*Eighteen red foxes are killed to make one fox-fur coat, 55 minks to make a mink coat
*Each year, approximately 10,000 bulls die in bullfights.
Illegal Animal Fighting
Additionally, it is quite common for children to be used during these events, often as runners for the betting process. This brings up the obvious issue of exposing children to illegal activities, and it also contributes to their de-sensitivity to violence as they are exposed to these brutal and bloody scenes of animals ripping each other to pieces for money. Quite often, during a dog or cockfighting bust, these young runners are overlooked during the questioning process - which is part of what makes them desirable to use from an illegal animal fighter's standpoint.
Other Types of Animal Fighting
Trunking: When two dogs (usually pit bulls) are thrown into the trunk of a car to fight. The trunk door is closed, and the last dog standing is the "winner".
Hog-Dog Fighting (Hog dogging, hawg dawgin', hog baiting, hog dog "rodeos"): When a dog (usually pit bull) is pitted against a feral pig, or hog. This seems to be a more common pastime in the southern states. The HSUS believes that hog dog fights regularly occur in at least ten states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas.
Badger Baiting (Badger Digging): When a dog or dogs is pitted against a badger - illegal but not uncommon in the UK. The badger, which may first be partially disabled by being beaten over the head with a spade, or by having its jaw broken or its legs chained, is placed in a baiting pit or some other makeshift arena. It is then set upon by a succession dogs, which are goaded on by their owners. The dogs used are often the terriers that are used when the badger is dug from its sett. According to RSPCA inspector Ian Briggs, 10,000 badgers are killed or injured by diggers every year.
In hog-dogging and badger-digging, the hogs and the badgers as well as the dogs usually sustain considerable injury and sometimes die.