Currently there is not a national reporting system for animal abuse. Reports in the media that it is a common problem in both rural and urban areas. Furthermore cruelty and neglect do cross socio-economic boundaries.
The Humane Society (HSUS) reports the most common animal abuse crimes per media reports are:
• 64.5% involve dogs
• 18% involve cats
• 18% involve other animals
In media-reported animal cruelty cases pit bull-type dogs, in particular are the most common victims of animal cruelty.
In addition to the common household pets, horses and other livestock are not free from abuse. Backyard breeding fueled the boom in pet horses. Of the more than 2 million Americans who own horses, more than one-third have a household income of less than $50,000. On a more positive note, neither the total number of horse neglect cases nor the percentage of total animal abuse cases classified as horse neglect has risen since the closure of all U.S. horse slaughter plants.
Past Humane Society (HSUS) investigations into slaughterhouses and cattle auctions have revealed, animal abuse abounds in the factory farm industry. Despite increased feed prices, they found no indication in the news media that the number of livestock neglect cases was increasing, other than a few shocking high-profile cases. This may, however, simply be a reflection of the weak protections afforded to livestock under state animal cruelty laws.
Government data on domestic violence cases reveal a staggering number of animals are victimized by abusive owners each year. The HSUS estimates that nearly 1 million animals a year are abused or killed in connection with domestic violence.
• About 2,168,000 women and men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner in the U.S. every year (U.S. Department of Justice, 2000).
• 63 percent of U.S. households own a pet (APPMA, 2006).
• 71 percent of domestic violence victims report that their abuser also targeted their animal (Ascione, 1997).
• In 2007, 7 percent of media-reported animal cruelty cases either occurred in the context of a domestic dispute or involved a person with a history of domestic violence.
Organizations like Forget Me Not Farm are dedicated to breaking the cycle of abuse by teaching young, innocent and abused children to learn to love not only themselves but love and nurture animals and humanity.
The greatest contribution our society can make to put an end to animal abuse is greater human awareness. Report animal abuse to officials. Join the cause to fight animal abuse. Take a moment to watch the accompanying video to see how reporting and action can help save innocent animal’s lives. Donate here or do research in your area to find those organizations committed to ending animal abuse. If you know of organizations in your area, share their cause with me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we can end abuse.
If you would like to continue receiving First Dog-related articles, including the latest new, tips and advice, please click the Subscribe Icon. It’s free and anonymous. Thank you for reading and thank you for sharing this store with others. Story, article and event ideas can be shared at email@example.com.