Animal Cruelty: Causes Of Animal Abuse And Neglect

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Introduction:

Animal cruelty can be deliberate abuse or the result of failure to take care of an animal. Either way the animal can suffer dreadfully. Deliberate abuse can involve beating, shooting or even stabbing animals. Whereas neglect is not giving the animal necessary items to survive, such as: food, water, shelter and vet care. The suffering of neglect is often prolonged, and animals that die of neglect can, and usually do suffer just as much as animals that are deliberately harmed.

Causes of animal abuse and neglect:
Sometimes animals are used as test subjects for different chemicals and that will eventually be used on humans. Example: Make-up products. This treatment of animals is legal although it can be extremely abusive and cruel.
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Educating people about animal cruelty is a huge step in the right direction as education is the key to life and most people are unaware of the issue of animal cruelty and how it might be happening in their own communities. This also helps to bring about a sense of social responsibility and empowerment to the people that each and every person can play a role in bettering the welfare of animals. We can combat animal abuse and neglect by:
• Going to schools and educating the children on animal abuse.
• Going into communities and educating the people on animal abuse.
• Creating anti-animal abuse posters and putting them up in shopping malls.
• When educating people on animal cruelty include numbers of organisations in which they can call if any one suspects animal cruelty.
Unfortunately, some people just don't view animals as very important, as sentient creatures, rather seeing them as property or as a commodity to be exploited. In the world in which we live where people are capable of treating each other with such cruelty, it's sadly not surprising that people could and do also treat animals this way. In saying this we can see that sometimes we need more help combating the issue, we can do this by:
• Helping out at non-profit organisations which rescue and take care of abused and neglected animals.
• Donate as much as you feel willing to these
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These are all small things which community members can do in order to make a huge difference in an abused animal’s life.

There are also organisations such as CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare). Which help the community with animals. CLAWs program brings new hope to impoverished communities where traditional veterinary services are often unavailable. CLAW provides desperately needed veterinary services to dogs and cats, as well as vital animal care education to pet owners in Johannesburg's poorest township areas. CLAW works closely with community-based organisations, schools, the Department of Agriculture and veterinary services around the city. CLAW distributes food parcels, facilitates a home-based care programme to teach people how to care for the sick and dying, runs food gardens, supports child-headed households and helps communities’ access health and hospice care. At FORA they work together with the local

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