How to Effect Change for Better Animal Treatment and Fewer Cases of Animal Abuse
In this very modern world, one of the strangest routine occurrences is the abuse of the defenseless. Animals are subject to such at alarming rates, and remedying either situation can be problematic, but it is not impossible. Citizens come together in huge numbers to speak out for the rights of the oppressed, to educate their communities, and to effect positive change. While these are very big steps in the right direction, there are many other ways that you can become involved in making a better world for those least able to defend themselves.
There are two kinds of abuse widely recognized by philanthropic groups established to combat animal cruelty. Recognizing the signs of each type will help you to assess the situation and understand which institution holds the greatest power to remedy it in your community.
Direct violence is the type that involves beatings, burnings, aggressive cruelty, and even continuous torture. The types of people who are willing to subject animals to these demeaning and extremely harmful treatments are not the sort of people anyone but trained officials should confront personally. Animals who have been abused at the hands of their owners or anyone else often shy from touch and even food offerings. If you notice an animal that seems very afraid that you might hit or otherwise harm it, you may have encountered a direct violence victim. Other signs of such cruelty are open wounds, broken bones, and ropes and chains that may be causing trauma.
Negligence is less likely to be noticed, but it is often just as torturous and harmful. In many cases, pet owners are not fully aware of the ways in which they are failing their pets. Many neglected pets live in deplorable conditions, have poor access to food and water, and are subject to extreme temperatures. It has become popular for citizens to intervene in these situations personally, but the officials of your community are better prepared to investigate, engage the pet owners, and remedy the situation.
When one brings a pet home, he or she should be committed to treating that animal like a member of the family. Should you suspect animal abuse, make careful note of the evidence you observe and contact the proper authorities within your community.
Animal abuse is a growing problem, but human kindness grows, too. For more information on animal care, visit this website.
Nancy has a deep love of animals and talks and writes about them regularly. She is a huge animal rights advocate. Read her thoughts at Wordpress blog.
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