Animal cruelty facts can be found online from a number of associations and organization concerned with animal welfare, including the Humane Society of the United States. For example, in 2007 there were 1880 cruelty cases reported in the media. Of those, 1212 cases (64.5%) involved dogs, 337 (18%) involved cats and 470 (25%) involved other animals. Of the 64.5% involving dogs, most were associated with Pit Bulls.
Dogs and Cats
Dogs and cats often are victims of abuse. This abuse can come in many forms.
• Puppy Mills
- Dogs can be results of puppy mills. Puppy mills are large-scale commercial dog breeding operations where the owners are often not concerned with the dog's welfare and are only concerned with producing puppies to sell to stores. There is little concern to breeding healthy puppies.
• Animal Hoarding
- Animal hoarding is a very complex concern where an individual will "save" animals from the street or shelters. They often don't even know how many animals they have. The living conditions are atrocious both for the animal and the humans. It is often considered a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
• Dog Fighting
- Dog fighting has been around since the 1750s or before. The breeds that are normally associated with dog fighting are guardian breeds such as Fila Brasileiro, Dogo Argentino, Tosa Inu, Presa Canario, and of course the American Pit Bull Terrier. There are basically three kinds of dog fighting: street fighting, hobbyist fighting and professional fighting.
• Domestic Violence
- Pets are often victims of domestic violence as well and can be killed. Studies have shown that 71% of domestic violence victims have reported that the family pet was also targeted by the abuser. It is recommended that the pet be removed from the home as well and placed in a shelter.
Horse Animal Cruelty Facts
In the U.S. alone there is an estimated 9 million horses. More than 1/3 of these horses are located in household with an income of less than $50,000. Horses are often beaten or starved or do not receive the medical care necessary. Horses that are no longer wanted are often sold for slaughter. Another danger is people called Killer Buyers. These people buy horses cheaply from auctions or the like to sell for slaughter.
Farm Produce Animals / Livestock Animal Abuse Facts
Farm produce animals and livestock include cattle, chickens and pigs. These animals go to slaughter and are often abused with the thought that they are going to die anyway so their wellbeing is of little consequence.
- Chickens kept in battery cages are subjected to living in a wire cage that is 16 inches wide with three or four other birds. Debeaking is often performed where the beak is cut off to avoid the chickens pecking and mutilating each other due to overcrowding. Forced molting is a process used on egg-laying hens to extend the period that they lay eggs. This horrendous practice involves shutting the birds in with controlled lighting and depriving them of food and water for 14 days. 5 to 10% of the birds die. Roosters can be submitted to cockfighting.
Cattle - Cattle are often branded with hot irons without anesthesia. Cattle are often controlled with electric cattle prods that deliver high-voltage and low-current electrical shocks.
Pigs - Pigs can also be branded.
Animal Abuse and the Law
47 of the 50 U.S. states have felony provisions for animal cruelty. The three that don't are Idaho, North Dakota and South Dakota. Law enforcement often will overlook cases of animal abuse because they feel that it is less important than crimes committed against humans. These people should keep in mind that the link between animal cruelty and violent criminals, serial killers and domestic violence has been well established.
Facts About Animal Abuse
Animal abuse is any act of violence or neglect. This includes denying any of the basic necessities like food, water and shelter as well as medical help. For those who read about animal cruelty facts, it is often enough to want to take some action and say "enough is enough".