Ending animal cruelty

~b606483Animal cruelty is a big problem, but is often not viewed as such. Many animals are abused daily but it is not a major issue to a lot of people because they are just “animals”. Many people don’t take into account that animals have feelings too and this abuse takes a toll on them. When people think about animal abuse they think dogs or house hold animals, but there is abuse everywhere.

When you go to a zoo or a circus that uses animals you are supporting animal abuse. Zoos may seem like a nice place to take kids as a form of entertainment, but the reality is that animals captive in zoos are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them. As a result of this, most animals suffer from a condition called “zoochosis”. The website Peta.org talks about how if you have ever noticed a captive animal sway back and forth this is a first hand symptom of this disease. This can get so bad that at some zoos they give animals a mood-altering drug, such as Prozac, because the public has started to catch on. In some cases it gets so bad that animals risk their lives in desperate attempts to free themselves. The reality is most people spend several minutes at a display for an animal whose whole life is misery. Instead of going to a zoo, watch documentaries on animals in their natural habitat happily living. For more on captive animals kept in zoos here is the link to the Peta website http://www.peta.org/living/entertainment/reality-zoos/ for more information.

Circus are very big places where many animals are abused. Many circus, animals are trained through the use of intimidation and physical abuse. According to Paws.org, former circus employees have reported seeing animals beaten, whipped and denied food and water. These actions are taken all in an effort to force them to learn their routines. Animals are taught that not obeying the trainer will result in physical abuse. This is very stressful for these animals having to go through all this abuse. Animals aren’t actors, instead they are spectacles imprisoned and forced to perform these silly, stupid, tricks for the amusement of humans. If you are interested in reading more about animal abuse in circuses, please visit: http://www.paws.org/get-involved/take-action/explore-the-issues/circus-cruelty/.

There are endless amounts of animal cruelty everywhere, these are just some of the more open to the public forms of animal cruelty. There is way too much suffering for these animals, and there is no compassion shown towards them. Humans seem to forget that animals are mammals too, and they have feelings  just as humans do, but still seem to matter less.