Speak Up! National Justice for Animals Week – February 15-21
Animals cannot tell us when they have been harmed, when they are lonely, when they feel unloved and unappreciated. It is important for us to recognize this and take action for the animals that do not have a voice. The Humane Society provides us with startling statistics regarding animal abuse. While there is not a national database for reporting animal abuse there are many animals that are rescued from unimaginable cruelty every day. The Humane Society also shares with us that there is not one group of people that stands out in regards to animal abuse – this is a widespread problem, stating, “Most cases are never reported, and most animal suffering goes unrecognized and unabated. Cruelty and neglect can also cross socio-economic boundaries.” Here are some of the statistics they have shared with us:
- 64.5% (1,212) involved dogs
- 18% (337) involved cats
- 25% (470) involved other animals
- Reported abuse against pit bull-type dogs appears to be on the rise: in 2000–2001, pit bull-type dogs were involved in 13% of reported dog-abuse cases; in 2007, they were involved in 25% of reported dog-abuse cases.
*some cases involved multiple species
Cases of abuse do not just include animals being physically harmed, but also neglected. Animals are often times left in situations where they are not receiving regular food and water, are forced to live in conditions where their waste is not frequently picked up, or left outdoors in extreme weather- hot or cold.
These animals do not deserve to be treated as though they do not matter. It is our responsibility as humans to watch out for cases of abuse and report them to authorities.
Source: “Animal Cruelty Facts and Statistics,” http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/abuse_neglect/facts/animal_cruelty_facts_statistics.html