Why do People Abuse Animals

Animal abuse can be considered as any malicious treatment dispensed with the animals that could cause undue pain or harm to them.

Classification of Animal Abuse

Animal abuse can be categorized into two separate classes:

1.    Active Abuse

Active abuse is a form of cruelty inflicted to animals. It occurs when you try to intentionally cause any harm to an animal, such as beating or poking.

2.    Passive abuse

Passive abuse is characterized by inactivity or negligence in taking care of your pets. Mostly, it has come to view that in such a situation the pet owner is not conscious of or does not take pains to cater for the needs of his / her pet such as shelter, food, medical attention etc.

Abuse Animals Why do People Abuse Animals

Studying the nature of abuse in theory and practice:

There are many causes as to why humans abuse animals. Animal cruelty entails a variety of actions or different kinds of inactions. A progressive study of animal abuse has unravaled different shades of attitude induced by abusers.

Animal abuse can be subdivided into two categories: active and passive, alternatively termed as “commission and omission”, respectively.

1.    Active Abuse:

Active cruelty constitutes malevolent intention of the perpetrator, for example, when a person appears to have caused any deliberate harm to an animal, and is described as ‘Non Accidental Injury’. Actions of deliberate animal cruelty may be signs of potential psychological disorders in humans. Animal cruelty may arise as to the following causes:

  1. There is an inherent relation between the number of abused pets or women and children. The greater probability is that sheltering crew of women will face women and kids jeopardized by batterers employing animal abuse as a tool in a country setting like that of the United States. The demographic cause of it is that greater numbers of families in the States have pets than having children.
  2. A majority of pet owners are themselves parenting children.
  3. According to a demographic survey, about 64% of households having children under age 6, and 75% of households with children over age 6, are rearing pets.
  4. Some 71% of pet-owning women seeking protection of their pets at safe houses have intimated that their spouse had threatened or attacked or hurt or even killed their pet(s), out of which about 32% complained that their children had also tried or hurt / killed their pet(s).

Battered women often report that they are pusuaded from relinquishing their abusers because they express their reservation, who will take care of the animals in their absence? This is how animal abuse is used as a form of intimidation in domestic violence.

2.    Passive Abuse:

Passive cruelty is characterized by instances of carelessness and negligence, in which the cruelty is attributed with a measure of inactivation in sheer contrast with the action itself. Different forms of neglect / inaction include dehydration, parasite infestations, starvation, letting a leash to grow inside of an animal’s skin, inappropriate shelter in during extremities of weather, and failure to seek veterinary assistance when inevitable.

Mostly in cases of inaction an investigator establishes that the abuse occurred mainly because of the negligence; the investigator may venture out to instruct the pet owner, then revert back to the study of the situation.

In extreme cases, the nature of exigency may require the abused be taken for expert examination / treatment.

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