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The Malicious Neglect Of An Animal

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Animal Abuse 11/17/08 Mrs. Purcell Cp English IV Animal abuse is the willful or wanton infliction of pain, suffering, or death upon an animal or the intentional or malicious neglect of an animal. Cruelty to animals refers to treatment or standards of care that cause unwarranted or unnecessary suffering or harm to animals. Standards of both animal abuse legislation, and enforcement, may vary between different places from non-existent through to comprehensive, and the acts and conditions are deemed “cruel” also vary. Opinions are divided whether practices such as factory and fur farming and animal testing of medical procedures and consumer products pose a major moral issue. Active ...view middle of the document...

Animal abuse is very often a smoke signal of a serious mental disorder. The New York Times reported, “… the FBI has found that a history of cruelty to animals is one of the traits that regularly appears in its computer records of serial rapists and murderers, and the standard diagnostic and treatment manual for psychiatric and emotional disorders lists cruelty to animals a diagnostic criterion for conduct disorders.” On the matter, Robert Ressler, agent with the FBI’s behavioral science unit said, “A survey of psychiatric patients who had repeatedly tortured dogs and cats found all of them had high levels of aggression towards people as well, including one patient who had murdered a young boy. Murderers like this very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids.” Dog fighting is a popular form of animal abuse in the United States of America. Dog fighting was once only for rural areas where the fights would be less likely to draw attention, but has since grown inward with arenas springing up in urban areas such as warehouses and factories. These spaces are big and empty and are easier to travel to than a farm. Arenas are usually square and made of plywood or a similar material with objects around them ranging from milk and cookies to heroin, but there are always dog carcasses nearby and blood splattered on the walls. Since people attending dog fights are usually warned ahead of time, police rarely catch anyone on raids. Dogs bred for fighting lead miserable lives in cages or at the end of a rope when they are not being baited or trained. Fierce females are placed in a “rape stand”, where they are strapped down so the males can mate with them without them fighting back, and dogs that cannot win their fights...

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