By: Jack Boreham
Why Animal Abuse is a Problem
Animal abuse is without a doubt one of the sickest and most despicable crimes, but also one of the most preventable. Animal abuse happens in thousands of cities all over the world. All for different reasons, but none of them are acceptable. Animal abusers come in all forms, all professions, and all classes. The most common pets in an American household are cat and dogs, and the statistics are nothing but alarming.
- Each year 10,000 dogs die in illegal dog fights
- 70% of animal abusers also have records of other crimes
- 3 to 4 million cats and dogs (healthy and adoptable) are euthanized every year in animal shelters
- In the United States alone 1.13 million animals are used in testing and research every year, while there are other equally or more effective methods for developing new cosmetics and drug products
- 13% of animal abuse involves domestic violence; Women in abusive relationships often don’t leave their abuser because they worry what will happen to their pet if they leave; men who abuse their partners tend to be more violent, aggressive people who seem to have no problem ‘taking it out on the dog’
How we can Stop Animal Abuse
If you think someone you know is abusing animals, please speak up. The best thing you can do is report to your local law enforcement, humane organization, animal control agency or taxpayer-funded animal shelter.