Animal cruelty Introduction Hey, my name is Monika, great to see you all. Today I’m going to talk about Animal cruelty. Firstly, I’m gonna give you the basic information about bad behavior with animals and then, I’ll describe types of animal abuse providing you with the statistics and facts concerning the issue. Your questions are welcome at the end of the presentation. Scientists estimate that 100 species go extinct every day! That’s about one species every 15 minutes. All of it is because of how people treat nature. There are many reasons why individuals abuse animals.
Animal cruelty covers a wide range of actions (or lack of action). Learning about animal abuse has revealed patterns of behavior employed by abusers. Animal cruelty is often broken down into two main categories. Neglect is the failure to provide an animal with the most basic of requirements of food, water, shelter and veterinary care. Intentional cruelty is when an individual purposely inflicts physical harm or injury on an animal. Animal experimentation There are live animal experiments authorized and around the world, animals are now used as objects of experiments, to test a variety of products.
The product range is as diverse as skin creams and shampoos to cancer prevention drugs. Over 70 million animals a year are tortured and killed in US laboratories. Research reveals that only 5 to 25% of the animal tests and human results are agreeable! Most of the drugs passed by animal tests are now discarded as useless to humans – then why test in the first place? The world of science has on record more than 400 methods that can effectively replace animal experiments. It is important to consider the options since at least thirty-three animals die in laboratories each second worldwide.
There is no doubt that medical progress can be achieved without abusing animals. Rabbits are routinely blinded by having various products forced into their eyes by many companies today. This is called Draize test. It does not guarantee human safety, but protects companies from potential lawsuits by their customers. Factory farming Every year, just for our wish to eat meat, milk and eggs, 53 billion animals are killed. It‘s 145 million a day, 6 millian per hour, 100 000 per minute or 1680 every second. Animal abuse is common in farms and many times the area where the animals are kept in confinement is so small that the animals can barely move.
FOR EXAMPLEPigs have to be kept in the dark for nearly 24 hours to keep them calm. | | | The animals stand on the grid floor all day, which cause them to suffer from foot injuries. Because they live almost permanent in half or complete darkness (to keep them calm) in very small cages, they are not used to anything and they panic when they have to be transported to the slaughterhouse (usually after 3 to 6 months) Just in the Netherlands alone, about 10. 000 pigs and piglets are transported every day, to go to the slaughterhouse or to be fattened up in a far away country.
Pigs are bad travellers. They are very sensitive to stress and get sick very easily along the way. Naturally, pigs are very playful and intelligent animals. At the beginning of the year 2000, an investigation showed that over 50% of the farmers violate even the minimum welfare regulations for pigs and deliberately make the animals suffer. Animals and entertainment The most horrific cases of animal cruelty can perhaps be seen in circuses. Many times animals in a circus are trained using physically abusive training methods and other practices of intimidation.
Trainers often use whips, chains and sharp objects to beat and poke the animals into submission. The animals are kept chained in unhygienic conditions for long periods of time and do not get medical aid when they are injured. Many countries such as India, Singapore, Sweden and Austria among others have come forward to ban or restrict use of animals and to create and promote animal free circuses. It will take some time to totally eradicate animal cruelty from circuses. The fur trade Each year the fur industry kills over 50 million animals for fashion Number of Animals to Make a Fur Coat: 2-15 lynx 10-15 wolves or coyotes 15-20 foxes 60-80 minks 27-30 racoons 10-12 beavers 60-100 squirrels Not only are cage-raised animals killed inhumanely, but they suffer from numerous physical and behavioral abnormalities induced by the stress of caging conditions. After spending their short lives in awful conditions, animals raised on fur farms are killed by cruel methods such as gassing, neck-breaking and electrocution. Another way of getting fur is trapping and hunting, which cause excrutiating pain to animals aswell. Hunting Hunting is one unnecessary method of animal cruelty.
Whilst some hunting takes place for food consumption, many other animals die a slow and painful death for no other reason than to pleasure the hunter. Exotic animals such as rhinos, elephants, tigers and etcetera are hunted and sold on the black market. This practice still exists in today’s world. Animals and domestic violence More families in America have pets than have children. Often people don‘t even realise how much problems a pet can create, animals are bought instead of toys. This often causses intentional or unintentional animal cruelty. Acts of intentional animal cruelty may be indicators of serious psychological problems.
Animal abuse often is used as a form of intimidation in domestic disputes. All over the world laws against animal cruelty vary dramatically, for example: China As of 2006 there were no available laws in China governing acts of cruelty to animals. In certain jurisdictions such as Fuzhou, dog control officers may kill any unaccompanied dogs on sight. Egypt Egyptian law states that anyone who inhumanely beats or intentionally kills any domesticated animal may be jailed or fined or maybe even beaten to death so that they can feel whats it like when they give that abuse to animals, however, these laws are rarely enforced.
United Kingdom In the United Kingdom, cruelty to animals is a criminal offense and one may be fined or jailed for it for up to five years. USA 38 states currently have laws that make intentional cruelty a felony charge, while 12 states treat neglectful cruelty and intentional cruelty as a misdemeanor; but changes are in the works. “Show me the enforced laws of a state for the prevention of cruelty to animals and I in turn will give you a correct estimate of the refinement, enlightenment, integrity and equity of that commonwealth’s people. – L. T. Danshiell, (Animal Rights Advocate) CONCLUSION In conclussion I can only state that current situation in the world is simply unexeptible. Every year billions of animals are killed and tortured, and a big part of it is not out of necessity but for our plessure, entertainment and other wants. I mensioned just a few types of animal cruelty, there are many more. Animal cruelty is a disturbing problem that unfortunatelly still occurs today and is evident in many forms.