Animal Cruelty: Animal Abuse

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More than 7.6 million animals are abused, killed, and abandoned every year in the United States alone. This is a real problem that needs attention brought to it in order to solve it. Animal cruelty is when a person purposely chooses to hurt an animal or does not take care of the animal. It is illegal to be cruel and abusive to an animal but people still decide to mistreat animals. There are many reasons why a person is cruel to an animal, those include: the person was mistreated as a child and that is the only way they know how to treat living things, they simply want to mistreat the animal, they do not know that they are hurting the animal and do not see it as a problem (“PAWS - People Helping Animals.” The Animal Abuse). Animal cruelty is not just something that happens in homes but also occurs in many other places including food industries, makeup industries, labs, and the entertainment industry. The abuse happens everywhere. The organization named People Helping Animals is an organization that helps animals that are being abused, but it also brings attention to the fact that people that abuse animals are likely to abuse humans and are in need of mental treatment. Animal cruelty is an issue that affects animals that are constantly mistreated, but there are organizations, such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), that help by saving animals from abusive homes and get them the help

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