The other day in lecture we were discussing our personal connections with thing that are not human. I personal shared my choice in class, which was a connection with all animals both domesticated and livestock. This connection steams from my religious background. As a child I grew up Jain, this meant that I never physical hurt any living creature. Jains also believe in a strict vegetarian lifestyle. This meant that there would be no animal byproduct in our diets. Both of these religious lessons and restriction allowed me to gain a unique perspective on animals. I saw them for what they truly were, rather then what they tasted like. My own relationship with animal made me want to question how others treated animals. Keeping all of this in mind I have often seen tones of new coverage about animal being mistreated by others. I want to investigate further into the animal abuse epidemic taking place all over the world.
In the United States animal cruelty is a very concerning problem. There are countless reports per year of animal abuse and neglect. Origination like the humane society and ASPCA try to help inform the average citizen on this growing issue, though the use of TV commercials and other forms of media. This problem has become so wide spread that many state government had to take legal action to help prevent and cut down on animal abuse and neglect. According to the human societies website “Every state has laws prohibiting animal cruelty, and 49 of them contain felony provisions. “ even though there are set laws to help prevent these hence crimes from occurring they still do. Another report on the humane society website points out some hard truths when it says, “The shocking number of cruelty cases reported daily in the media is only the tip of the iceberg. Most cases are never reported, and most animal suffering goes unrecognized and unabated.” This is a sad fact to swallow. That fact that tones of abuse cases aren’t reported to the authorities is sickening me, and it make me wonder why there isn’t a continuous effort to resolve this problem.
Abuses can also occur in a large scale. This sort of animal abuse is usually associated with livestock. This abuse can take place in many different ways. For instance the treatment of livestock is typically where a lot of the abuse cases derive from. In depending on the part of the world you’re in, the treatment and the handling of livestock varies greatly. In tones of south east Asian countries, livestock abuse is usually reported when the livestock is sick or if it is being mistreated physically by the framers. In the United States there are laws that help protect livestock. According to the humane society” In 2007, there were 20 reported neglect cases involving cows and eight involving pigs.” This figure may be down form pervious years but it’s still hard to have even one abuse case at all.
After reading tones of articles (which I a have posted links to) I have to the realization that we as a society mistreat our animals a lot! Even though there aren’t tones of reports of the animal abuse, there is still tones of evidence, which suggest that it is quite rampant throughout the world. I’m shocked at the fact that there isn’t a larger effort by humans to protect and restore the respect we once had for animals. Keeping this in mind the next time I see an animal I will be more vigilant about the condition that it is in and keep in mind that it also need to be taken care of.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gspElv1yvc (please watch)