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Animal abuse and negect awareness
Transcript of Animal abuse and negect awareness
Lucky is a rescue guinea pig!
She is about 2 years old
She is one of 3 guinea pigs at my house
I got her last year December 21st
Lucky's Cage Mates
6 years old (Almost 7)
Previous class pet
1 1/2 years old
9 years old
Abuse and neglect
Abuse and neglect are found across all social and economic borders, it also is found in both urban and rural areas.
Animal abuse doesn't have a state or federal agency, so getting exact numbers of how many animals are abused is close to impossible.
What is the difrence between abuse and neglect?
Abuse and neglect are smiler but they are not the same. Most of the time, neglect is considered abuse however not all abuse is neglect.
Neglect is often not providing an animal proper care. This is commonly unintentional as people may buy a pet and not be able to care for it or have to many. It can also go unrecognized for a long time.
Some people unintentionally abuse their pets, this is offer due to lack of knowledge or information about the animal they have.
The common animals that are abuse are small pets, rodents, birds, reptiles/amphibians, fish, and rabbits. Most of these animals are abused due to their owner's lack of knowledge or misinformation a pet store may give them.
For how foul animal abuse is, there are several activities people take place in were animals are abused.
What can you do to help?
Recognize signs of animal abuse
Report anything suspicious to the police or local animal shelter
Act to help the animal
If you believe someone around you is abusing one of their animals, do some research and keep an eye on the problem for a few days as you may have seen a one-time thing that would never happen again or it could be the animal's personality so you have to make sure the animal is being abused before you act.
One of the best resources you have is your local shelter, if you have a concern about an animal near you they can help you and look into the problem if there is one.
spread the word
Often people don't realize they are abusing an animal, with out confronting them aggressively try to intervene and educated them on how to treat their pet better.
This works the best for minor cases like a dog in a hot car or a small pet in a to small cage. If it's a larger case you should take it to a shelter or police.
If the animal is in direct danger you should take action. However most of the time you should let someone else who known how to interact with abused animals deal with it.
The best example of this would be helping a stray close to a road.
If you have to grab an animal try to grab them with a towel to prevent from being bitten or scratched, if you have one put the animal in a crate or box or put it in a place in the car that is safe and the animal cannot hurt you or themselves. Then take the animal to a shelter or vet.
DO NOT TAKE THE ANIMAL HOME UNLESS YOU absolutely HAVE TO!
The best way you can take action is to spread the word about animal abuse and how to help in situations.
Making sure you also are taking good care of your pets is another way to spread the word as when people ask how you take good care of your pets you can tell them, thus helping them learn about proper pet care.
I will be covering several topics, and while I will be trying to explain them in the best of my ability there might be questions that arise. If this is the case, I am open to questions at all times of this presentation. I do ask you are respectful of others and do not yell out your question, if you are afraid of forgetting it write it down and I will get to an answer shortly
What is being done to stop animal abuse?
All 50 states, animal cruelty laws now include felony provisions since 2014
As of 2016 Animal cruelty is now a category on the Fbi's Uniform Crime Report
The Humane Society Legislative Fund supported the PAWS (Pets and Women’s Safety Act), the PAWS act allows domestic abuse victims to escape their abuser and keep their companion animal with them.
Both are rescues!
What is the history of animal rights organizations in the US?
What are the arguments for and against sentient being laws?
What is the history of wild horses in the US?
19th century England saw the rise of animal cruelty prevention.
Henry Bergh founded the first SPCA in New york in 1866, following the british's example.
In the late 1860's more SPCAs and humane societies began to expand in the us
In the 1970's organizations like Greenpeace and the Sea Shepherd Society brought attention to endangered marine life.
Animal rights are still new, most organizations are still run by their founders.
There have been 2,500 studies to prove that animals are sentient
Many animal species display emotions including joy, distress, PTSD, resentment and other 'human' emotions
Other big brained animals (Great apes, elephants, marine mammals, Corvids and other social birds, octopus, etc) have the ability to form complex thoughts and create and use tools
Due to the overwhelming about of evidence that humans aren't the only sentient being, I can't really find an against, however I have a few ideas of what some people may say.
The line of sentience would need to be re-drawn as well as some animals wouldn't be considered sentient (Most fish for example)
Food industries would have to change. It would be more then likely that Chickens, pigs, and cows would be elected as sentient (Possibly even sheep but personally I don't see it).
During the Pleistocene era (The ice age) there were true wild horses in north America. the wild mustangs we know today escaped from the spanish when they came to America.
While theses horses are feral, most have spent their entire lives in the wild and the environment has changed to support them.
(Even though the humans haven't)
Mustangs were a pest to farmers as they ate the grass the farmers wanted for their cattle as well be a nuisance for crops.
Like bison, wild horses were killed in the 1950's until the "wild horse annie act" prohibited hunting from motor vehicles or poisoning water sources
Micky is so little in this picture!
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Abuse is the general term for mistreatment of animals, this can be purposeful hurting them or supporting bad behavior so they become a threat to the public.
PET stores don't always know what they are talking about! Do proper research before buying a small pet!
Why bring Lucky to school?
Out of my three guinea pigs I chose to bring Lucky, sure Micky would be the obvious choice since she used to be a class pet but Micky is old and grumpy.
Lucky is also the only guinea pig I have who we know was in an abusive situation. Micky and Oreo were probably unintentionally abused but it wasn't as sever as Lucky.
If you have personal question or think the answer will be long (E.I what is Proper guinea pig care?) please contact me at
MidnightNIghtfury@gmail.com and I will answer the question to the best of my ability!