Proactive Prevention in Animal Cruelty

Proactive Prevention in Animal Cruelty By Shannon Lindsey ENG-101-7329-English Composition Instructor Peterson 09/18/2010 Proactive Prevention in Animal Cruelty While doing research on animal abuse for my assignment, I found an overwhelming amount of disturbing material that pulled at my heartstrings. Animals wanting and needing love, safety and a caring home; are met rather, with a much more gruesome fate, their own living hell which ultimately leads to their death. What originally turned out to be a persuasive assignment on animal abuse has lead me to the significant importance of spaying and neutering of animals.

Perhaps, if there were not an over abundance of strays on the streets or in animal shelters, a significant reduction in abuse and neglect would allow animals to live a healthier, happier life. George Bernard Shaw said it best, “The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them… But to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity. ” Animal abuse comes in many forms, from fighting animals to the death, to those who beat and harm animals out of anger or frustration. Neglect is the most common, animals left to starve to death and those that go without water for days and die from heat stroke or dehydration.

Then there are those animals left all alone in complete solitude, with no companionship from a person or another animal. Horrific and soporific suffering of many dogs and cats without spay and neuter clinics and the lack of organized animal patrol to pick up the sick and diseased animals are what third world countries face. Not here in the United States where we have between 4,000 – 6,000 animal shelters, and the medical and scientific technology to achieve population control. There is absolutely no reason or excuse why animals in America are suffering like they do.

Every year over 20 million animals end up in a shelter. Over 15 million of them are killed (euthanized is the nice term). Of those animals 61% of the dogs and 75% of the cats are killed. Very few of these are claimed and there are many more that die from disease, starvation, animal attacks and cars! Anyone who sees these facts must agree that not neutering an animal is contributing to mass cruelty and irresponsibility! Every day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in this country while only 10,000 people are born.

It’s simple math – there just aren’t enough homes for all of these animals. Most people are surprised to learn that we have a very large pet overpopulation problem here in the United States. There are so many animals born DAILY that it boggles the mind! This is a nightmare problem that doesn’t ever seem to get better. 1. Every year over 6 million animals are euthanized in shelters for lack of available homes. If the number were “only” 7 million, that would mean 135,000 PER WEEK or 20,000 pets euthanized EVERY 24 HOURS. 365 DAYS A YEAR! 2. An animal is euthanized in the U.

S. every 2 seconds. 3. On average, 64% of all animals taken into shelters nationwide have to be euthanized for this reason. 4. The animals at animal control shelters are not “problem” animals. The animals available for adoption have been picked up as strays or taken from the owner for abuse, or neglect. They are truly in need of a loving home and are greatly appreciative for a second chance at life. 5. At least 50% of the overpopulation problem is non-neutered males. Females can’t do it alone. 6. Purebreds account for 30% of all the animals in shelters. Papers” don’t mean an animal should be bred. 7. For every home you find for an animal that you have bred, a home is lost for a shelter animal. 8. Breeding to “see the miracle of birth” demands that you also “see the tragic results”. Visit a shelter and watch a puppy being euthanized for every puppy your “miracle of birth” delivered. 9. Animal overpopulation has reached a crisis point in this country. 10. 40,000 animals were euthanized in the year 2000 in the state of Arkansas alone. A responsible society subsequently leads to saving animals’ lives and a decrease in animal abuse.

Spaying and Neutering is the only humane answer for what’s become an epidemic. It would be selfish and irresponsible otherwise. For every animal that dies in a shelter, there is someone, somewhere responsible for its death. The most important reason for spaying and neutering is to prevent the birth of unwanted litters. Not only that, your per will be happier and more content. An unsterilized pet is often anxious and frustrated. He or she may pace or whine, act aggressively or inappropriately to furniture or people. He is not happy inside or out, and is driven by something he cannot understand. ASPCA) Also, it can increase your pet’s life expectancy. Spaying eliminates uterine infection and reduces the risk of mammary cancer. Neutering prevents testicular and prostate cancer. In addition to the health benefits, your pet won’t face the danger of being in fights, run over or exposed to diseases while on the prowl in search of a mate. You may think you can’t afford to pay for your animal to be spayed / neutered but quite honestly, you can’t afford not to! The cost of sterilization is minor compared to the cost of feeding and raising litters.

If all goes well, the veterinary care of the dam and her litter will be substantial – and what if things do not go well? Problems in delivery could lead to Caesarian section, lost puppies or even the loss of the mother. A sterilized pet often requires fewer vet bills and, with the reduced food intake required, is less expensive to feed! Even though being a good pet owner is a BIG responsibility, the very bare minimum you would really have to do is walk them ( maybe twice a day at the least), feed and water them, and show them a little love and of course have them spayed or neutered.

References * ASPCA http://www. aspca. org/ * http://www. diamondsintheruff. com/whyspayneuter. html * George Bernard Shaw. (n. d. ). Quotes. net. Retrieved September 13, 2010, from Quotes. net Web site: http://www. quotes. net/quote/457 * NAFA-Northeast Arkansans for Animals http://www. nafacares. org/Spay%20Neuter/why_spay__neuter. htm#Statistics * The Humane Society of The United States http://www. humanesociety. org/animals/

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