Posted by Connor B
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On September 9th, 2011, a woman named Diane Eldrup was arrested for allowing dogs she rescued to starve and die in locked cages with no care. These dogs, as well as many others, were just another victim of a heartless crime. Animals are found all around the world. They are not only found in the wild but in peoples homes as well. Animals, like dogs and cats, help bring people joy and happiness. People should care for these animals like they do for their friends and family. But some people decide to hurt the animals they own.
Are the animals really at fault?
Animal cruelty is a major issue involving many people around the world. Many cases are caused by the animal doing something the owner would consider wrong. But should they be hurt because of their actions? No. We expect the animals to know how we feel about their actions, even though we know they can not understand the words we are saying. It would be like going to another country and getting convicted of a crime, when you do not understand what you were convicted of or even what the people are saying. It would not be fair to you, just like it would not be fair to beat an animal because they simply do not understand you.
So how do you teach them right from wrong?
Many animals can be very comprehensive of what we say. It does not necessarily mean however that they know what we want. The article, “Can dogs understand what we say?” proves this as it says, “Most dogs can learn that ‘leash’ is a ropey thing that they wear on walks through the neighborhood, though they likely have no clue that its purpose is to keep them from running free.” Animals can understand some of the things we say. This will help you teach them right from wrong. The same article states that we reinforce our communication through “posture, context, and daily routines, as well as words.” In order to teach them we should then reward them when they do things right, and show them what they do wrong, and keep it consistent every time we do these things.
Some scientists and professors like Mark Bekoff, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, believes that animals of some sense of “morality” not only created by humans. He came to this conclusion by looking at play among Canids (animals in the dog family). When they first start playing they do a sort of action called a “play bow” to show they are playing and then begin their aggressive play and try to prevent injury. However when one hurts another on accident, it stops and does another “play bow” to show it simply made a mistake. This shows a sort of morality of animals and shows they try not to hurt people and make mistakes. This helps to teach them right from wrong because when they do things wrong, they are likely making a mistake and you can establish that you are upset.
So how do we Prevent Animal Cruelty?
Well in order to prevent it you need to look for the signs. In the article, “Top Ten Ways to Prevent Animal Cruelty,” by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals tells you what some of the signs are. Some of these signs include:
- Tick or flea infestations,
- Wounds on the body.
- Patches of missing hair.
- Very thin animals.
- An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.
- Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food and water, often chained up in a yard.
- Dogs who have been hit by cars-or are showing any of the signs listed above-and have not been taken to a veterinarian.
- Dogs who are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.
- Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners.
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If you see any of these signs and need to report animal cruelty, call 911 or contact any other animal control agency.
Just Know that all an Animal Wants is to be Loved.
Animals, especially pets, are supposed to make you happy not mad. You should love them and treat them with care at all times because they are always trying to please you. Treat them the way you would treat a family member. Know when they make a mistake they did not do it on purpose, and let them know you are upset.
Above all remember to respect them and that they just want your love. Mahatma Ghandi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”