Stopping Animal Abuse By: Samantha Welty

There are many forms of animal abuse. Neglect and abandonment is the most common type (32%), while animal hoarding is the second most common (13%). 250,000 animals are victims to animal hoarding. Most people who abuse animals tend to be violent people in general. They may also abuse their children or spouses.

Background

Around the world, animals are being abused. 70.1% of animal abuse cases are related to dogs and 20.9% with cats. It can be by intentional abuse, or animal hoarding. Animal abuse varies from hitting and cutting an animal, starving it, having the animal outside on a chain for multiple hours in a day, poisoning, burning, fighting, and having too many animals in a small space. Animals going through this can experience extreme pain, get infections, and even die.

Charities like the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and the DDB (Dogs Deserve Better) strive to stop animal abuse of all types.

An example of animal hoarding

Different Charities Stopping Animal Abuse

ASPCA Charity

The ASPCA does a lot of work to stop animal abuse. They rescue animals from unsafe situations, build cases against animal abusers, protect animals under the law, and work with animal victims and hoarder. However, the charity also adopts out animals, spays and neuters, figure out why people abuse animals and how to stop it, and have volunteers help out. The ASPCA wants to put animals into loving homes, and eradicate animal abuse.

DDB Charity

The DDB focuses more on dogs. The charity educates the community to achieve higher ethical and moral standards for the treatment of dogs living under these conditions. They meet with dog owners who have their dog chained up outside, and discuss alternative options for them. The DDB works to provide a safe and loving home for dogs by working with families. They even can provided fencing to homes that can not afford it. Just like the ASPCA, they too strive to put dogs into loving homes, and to eradicate animal abuse.

Barriers to Solving Animal Abuse

In multiple cases, the abuser tends to hurt people in their families as well as their pets. They may threaten to kill or hurt their pet if a child or spouse says they will leave the abuser. This causes fear for the animal's life, and the person being abuse tends to stay in the home. In other cases, abusers let their anger out on their pets, or if they had traumatic experiences done to them, the abuser will repeat what was done to their pet.

Laws on animal abuse tend to be relaxed and not taken as seriously. This allows many animals abusers to get away with little no punishment for their awful crime. Some charities are working to fix these laws and make them more serious.

Animal abuse and neglect comes in many different forms.

What you can do to help

Once every two weeks, we will pass out flyers in front of pet shops, informing people about the signs of animal abuse and neglect. The flyers will have signs of animal abuse, as well as what you should do and who you should call. The flyers will inform the community about this problem and allow them to keep an eye out for animal abuse.

Call 911 or 503-285-7722 ext.214 (OHS) if an animal's life is in immediate danger.

Let's make a difference in the world and change animal's lives!

Before and after of an animal abuse victim.

References

ASPCA. (n.d.). Retrieved February 10, 2017, from https://www.aspca.org/

DDB Branches. (n.d.). Retrieved February 10, 2017, from https://dogsdeservebetter.org/

Bell, D. (2013, June 05). Breaking barriers for escaping domestic violence. Retrieved February 10, 2017, from http://bangordailynews.com/2013/06/05/news/bangor/breaking-barriers-for-escaping-domestic-violence/

Animal Cruelty Facts and Stats. (n.d.). Retrieved February 14, 2017, from http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/abuse_neglect/facts/animal_cruelty_facts_statistics.html?referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

S. (2016, September 07). Animal Abuse Statistics. Retrieved February 16, 2017, from http://www.statisticbrain.com/animal-abuse-statistics/

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