Animal Cruelty is the act of violence or neglect perpetrated against an animal. Every day in the United States animals are beaten, neglected, or forced to struggle for survival. Left in unsanitary conditions with no food or water, they have little hope as they live out their days without the compassion they deserve. There are two types of cruelty, one is passive cruelty, and in this case it would be neglecting an animal. This crime is the lack of action rather than physically abusing the animal. Animal neglect causes pain and suffering to an animal. Some examples of passive cruelty are starvation, dehydration, untreated parasite infestations, inadequate shelter in extreme weather conditions, and the failure to get medical care. The other type of cruelty is active cruelty, in which a person is deliberately causing harm to an animal. Active cruelty is more known and more disturbing. It involves purposefully inflicting harm on an animal. Animals feel pain and are capable of suffering like humans do.
In order to feel more powerful or gain control people abuse animals. It has been proven that someone who commits animal abuse may have serious psychological problems. It also can be a sign that a person may commit more acts of violence against humans. Some solutions that could help stop animal cruelty are harsher punishments for the offenders. This will help the crime from committing again. Also more strict adoption rules that would have to meet some standards on checking if the animal is being abused in any way from time to time.
Anti-cruelty laws exist in all U.S. states and territories to prohibit unnecessary killing, mutilating, torturing, beating, neglecting and abandoning animals, or depriving them of proper food, water or shelter. Every state in the United States has a law prohibiting cruelty to animals, and 47 states treat some forms of abuse as felonies. These laws do not give animals rights, but do afford some legal protection. The...