Pet Abuse Has Become More Frequent and Violent Than Ever Before
A shocking report from the RSPCA reveals that there are now more cases of animal abuse than ever before, and they are becoming increasingly violent and disturbing.
The annual 2014 report shows more than 159,831 complaints registered to the UK animal charity, of which over 20,000 were cases of intentional violent cruelty to animals.
Deeply Disturbing Acts Towards Animals
Some of the horrifying incidents include a rabbit suffering the unimaginable pain of being microwaved to death, a Staffordshire Terrier being brutally kicked, thrown, and having his head smashed in a door, and another dog who had been shot in the head with a crossbow bolt.
Each of the 20,258 cases of deliberate cruelty are deeply disturbing and upsetting. James Yeates, the RSPCA’s chief veterinary officer commented on the situation by saying:
“It is extremely concerning that we are still receiving more than 20,000 complaints about animals being deliberately caused to suffer and that’s 20,000 too many.”
“Most of the complaints we receive involve animals being neglected or not receiving the right care and often we can put that right by offering welfare advice.”
“However, it is shocking that in 2014 people are still being deliberately cruel in what can be disturbingly inventive ways.”
Is Society Becoming More Violent?
The connection between domestic violence and animal abuse has long been known about, with research highlighting that many violent offenders have admitted or been convicted of some form of animal abuse, so these figures beg the question, is society becoming more violent in general?
Animals are often at the receiving end of violence and abuse, as offenders seek to take out their anger and frustration on the vulnerable. What is even more troublesome is the rise in cruel pranks and dares which are filmed and shared online, including “neknomination,” which involved people swallowing fish, frogs and lizards.
These actions highlight the lack of respect and compassion that many people in society have for the lives of other beings, something which is surely at the root cause of all animal abuse.
How Can We Reduce the Abuse?
If we are to reverse the worrying trend of deliberate violent animal abuse cases, we have to look at multiple ways of protecting vulnerable animals and educating people about the true value of life.
Education is vital to changing the way in which animals are perceived. This should start in schools, with pupils being taught about the basic principles of compassion and respect for other beings, and understanding what is and is not an acceptable way to treat them.
We need better community support systems in place so that animal abuse can be reported and investigated more efficiently and effectively, and those who are struggling to look after their pets properly can find help from others in their community.
As well as providing better education and support to prevent animal abuse, tougher laws on offenders need to be implemented so that the government is sending out the right message. Instead of short term bans and fines for animal abuse, convicted abusers should be banned from keeping animals for life.
A worrying statistic from the RSPCA report showed that despite an increase in the number of abuse cases, the number of convictions was down, showing that the legal system is currently failing the animals.
Buying and selling of pets on online sites also needs to be more strictly monitored and regulated, as it is currently too easy for the wrong people to be able to purchase pets, leading to more abuse.
How do you think we can better protect pets and other vulnerable animals from abuse? Please let us know in the comments below.
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