The Statistics Behind Animal Cruelty

The Abuse Of Animals And Preventing Unnecessary Suffering

Saving All Animals And What Statistics Show Us About Occurrences Of Abuse

Whether you are the most hardcore animal lover out there or just another pet owner who is abhorred when confronted with the level of abuse some critters face, there are some facts that you should inform yourself of. Some of these statistics you may find shockingly large numbers. Still, the scariest part is due to an extreme lack of reporting and a lack of mandatory collection of data when it comes to abuse types of cases; these numbers are likely much higher.

Official Channels And The Lack Of Involvement

From official governmental agents’ involvement or their deliberate cover-up of severe cases, there is a wide range of official misconduct involved when it comes to abusive behaviors towards animals. For example, in Kentucky, there was a case of uniformed police officers attending a cockfight. Not only that, but they were willing and engaged spectators of the brutal fights. These are the exact people who are supposed to be the front line of protectors for animals of all kinds.

But overall, the number and level of caring officials who have the heart to stop the abusive behaviors towards animals are on the rise. These officials have worked diligently to counteract past offenses committed by officials in a variety of positions. They have gained considerable strides in the investigations and prosecutions aimed at the perpetrators of this kind of abuse. As of 2014, every single one of the 50 US states has laws prohibiting the act of cruelty towards animals, bringing felony charges against these individuals and prosecuting them at a higher rate than ever before.

The Perpetrators Of Abusive Acts Towards Animals

So who are the perpetrators of animal abuse? Well, statistically, they are likely to fit into one of three categories.

• The first is predominantly composed of men approximately 30 years of age with a preference of violence towards other people as well as animals. They are often perpetrators with a history of domestic violence or similar charges involving physical acts towards those closest to them. This utter disregard for the health and well being of those they are supposed to care for corresponds directly with a total disregard for proper treatment of even the smallest and most lovable animals.

• The second common category of creature abusers is women of approximately 60 years of age with hoarding behavior issues. The desire to collect translates into a seriously disturbing behavior pattern of obtaining as many ‘pets’ as they possibly can get their hands on. They will even breed the critters they have in their possession with the goal of growing the number of animals in their home. The number of “pets” they end up owning gets so out of control, that the quality of care which each creature receives reaches a negligible level. Plus, the state of filthiness of the home in which they are kept causes serious health issues. The presence of large amounts of scat and other waste breeds a whole host of parasites and pests that then begin to feed on all the animals present in the environment. This all adds up to a dismal quality of life and an utterly negligent amount of care that they all will experience.

• The third and final category of perpetrators has organized abusers. This category mostly consists of those who promote, raise, and enter animals under their care into fighting right. Most often, this is seen in cockfighting and dog fighting organizations. It’s a horrid thought, but some people consider mistreating animals to make them more aggressive and then pitting two of them against each other in a fight to the death to be entertainment. It’s a heartbreaking scenario that plays out way too often in our “civilized” world.

Luckily, the penalties for engaging in these activities have become so severe that these types of organizations are dwindling in number, in the rates of most individuals’ involvement, and finally in popularity or number of spectators and bettors who are willing to attend such events. With such a lack of support as of recent times, these “fighting” rings are slowly disappearing from our culture.

Statistically, Speaking, What Types Of Animals Experience Abusive Treatment Most Often?

The most common species of animals to receive this kind of horrible treatment falls under two major categories. They are both mammals, and the first includes horses, cows, and other livestock. While the second category known to receive this kind of treatment is domesticated pets, most commonly dogs, but cats experience it as well.

The first category being livestock means that it usually takes place around the factory farming industry. Regulations that involve the treatment of these mammals who are raised to produce food and goods for our consumption have historically been very loose and lazy. So, the standard practices used in caring for them are not always the most humane. With common mistreatment surrounding the industry as a whole, its not surprising that only the worst and most shocking cases ever get reported or investigated, and even these cases rarely end in the prosecution of the abusers.

Fortunately, this trend has recently been reversed and reported farms are more commonly investigated and shut down if those reports are confirmed.

The second category of animals to experience mistreatment includes your everyday average house pets. Most commonly, dogs experience abusive treatment by those violent male perpetrators while coming in a close second are cats that have been hoarded by more age advanced women. In either instance, the rate of which these criminals get prosecuted has risen over the years, as more and more states add cruelty towards animals to their list of felony charges, under newly passed initiatives.

Finally, Does The Punishment Fit The Crimes?

These laws have gained widespread support from the general public, as attitudes towards the treatment of pets have changed over the years. What may have been acceptable behavior for your grandparents’ generation, will now land someone in jail for long periods, and with added fines that these people must pay off once released. These harsh punishments have changed the way people approach training and other interactions with their pets in an effort by most owners to avoid adverse outcomes. In conclusion, significant advancements for pets and lovable, furry, little to large creatures all over the country have been made.

The action of harming animals is considered to be maltreatment, which can result in significant punishments due to the new laws passed all over the nation. Now, in all 50 states, judges are making this type of behavior illegal and, more often than not, making it a felony to fail to care for animals of all kinds under one’s care properly. Making owners of all animals take full responsibility for the well being of those who depend on them for meeting all their needs and supplying the proper care needed for their health and overall quality of life.

Many of us will continue to push for harsher penalties and more investigations into all reports of abusive treatment of all kinds of animals. While at the same time, we are encouraging every citizen to report these kinds of harmful actions directed at animals, whenever they happen to witness them. Don’t look away, but rather remember identifying details of such offenders. Do so to supply the authorities with all the information they will need for an investigation. Notably, the identifying information that will ultimately be used to prosecute these people to the full extent of these new laws, in order to make felons of them all. If we all do our part, then we can work to wipe away the stain of animal abuse from the culture of our nation.