No one should ever experience abuse, even animals. As time passes, people committing acts of cruelty towards animals increase. Their cases range from neglect, gagging, experimentation, and even crushing, which you can even watch on the Internet. These acts could have long-term effects on the animals’ physical and mental health.
There are charities such as the Humane Society of the United States that deal with animal welfare, protecting and fighting for the rights of animals. This type of charity takes donations of various types, such as car donations.
It’s not just the animals that suffer trauma when they experience abuse. When children witness animal cruelty, this could also take a toll on their personal development.
Definition of Animal Cruelty
Generally, it has two categories:
- Intentional Cruelty – This means that there is physical harm done to the animal.
- Unintentional Cruelty – Neglect or denying the animal of its basic needs, such as veterinary care, shelter, food, and water fall under this category.
Animal Cruelty as the Onset of Criminal Violence
A person committing animal abuse may have the symptoms of mental disturbance. Studies show that violent criminals are more likely to have abused animals in the past.
Jeffrey Dahmer and Albert DeSalvo, for example, started their criminal acts in their childhood. Dahmer impaled dog heads on sticks, while DeSalvo trapped cats and dogs in boxes and shot arrows through them.
Suspects in the school shooting at Columbine High School, Dylan Kebold and Eric Harris, have talked to their classmates about mutilating animals.
The Connection Between Animal Abuse and Domestic Abuse
Parents or guardians who put animals through abuse usually subject their children to the same thing. In situations of child abuse, threats of hurting the family pet are common. They would even go as far as actually hurting their pets. Witnessing animal abuse may cause emotional distress among children, and it may have long-term effects.
Statistics show that 71 to 83 percent of women who experience domestic violence reported that their partner either killed or abused the house pet.
Long-term Effects of Animal Abuse
Abuse may leave long-term effects that may or may not permanently maim the animal. After rescuing them from an abusive household, some animals remain in critical conditions, which would require them to recover for a very long time. In other cases, animals may need behavioral help after experiencing emotional trauma.
After the abuse, animals may have to learn to trust and be comfortable around people again.
Animals are just as important as people are, and they do not deserve this kind of cruelty. Do what you can to lessen and, if possible, stop these things from happening.