Animals, like humans, deserve proper treatment. But unfortunately, animal cruelty is common. And according to The Humane Society, most animal abuse cases are never reported. Hence, it’s difficult to determine how common they actually are.
But the figures need not rise. We can do our part to prevent animal cruelty. Animal abuse can occur in any social or economic setting. It can happen in an urban or rural area.
And sometimes, even owners aren’t aware their pets are already being mistreated.
Animal cruelty can either be passive (neglect) or active (direct violence). It’s tough to determine which between these two forms a case can be classified under. You need to be vigilant and look out for signs. Here are some you can take note of:
Some owners don’t physically hurt their animals or pets. Sometimes, cruelty can occur due to ignorance. In these cases, pet rescue teams usually educate the owner and monitor the case.
As for animal neglect, owners ignore the basic needs of their animal. This means neglecting to give them proper food and shelter. Failing to look out for the living, health, and grooming conditions of the animals.
If you see, for instance, that a dog is already showing his bones through the skin, this may be one sign that he’s not being fed adequately.
Direct violence to animals involves laying hands on them. You can watch out for signs such as limping or scars.
You can also take note of behavioral displays such as feeling uncomfortable around people or hiding. Remember, though, that these signs do not always necessarily signify abuse.
Some can be brought about by other factors. Witnessing abuse as it happens is one way you can tell that it’s a case of direct violence.
Don’t ignore cases of animal abuse. If you suspect that an animal is being treated poorly, report the case to authorities. You can prevent animal cruelty. No amount of help is too small.
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