How to stop animal cruelty

Howto stop animal cruelty

Peopleought to excise fairness and justice at all times not only amongstthemselves, but even to the animal species. Animals lack the power ofspeech hence, cannot be in a position to complain whenever they getmistreated. For this reason, we are obliged to be even moreconsiderate and show compassion (Phillips150).The following are some of the ways in which cruelty and unfairness toanimals can be stopped or limited.

TeachingChildren compassion towards animals

Teachingyoung ones to show and have compassion and empathy for their furred,feathered and finned companions is extremely imperative forpreventing and avoiding animal cruelty (Phillips118).Coupled with training them to respect and treat anyone different fromthemselves with benevolence. Research has shown that children, whoare trained to show fairness, compassion and mercy to animals,develop more just, empathy and consideration in respect to theirinteractions among themselves(Lockwood77). Character training along such avenues translates to both men andwomen of greater sympathies, law-abiding and valuable residents (Lane10).

Sinceyoung ones habitually identify with pets, teaching them to value andlook after even the smallest living creature, is one of the mostsignificant life lesson that incorporate in them (Phillips130).According to law officials, psychic professionals and FBI profilers,individuals who manifest animal cruelty may sooner or later instigatephysical violence among other human beings.

Lawsand Legislations

Everystate withtin America including the District of Columbia has an actthat prohibits cruelty to animals. The laws, however do not accordrights to the animals, but do affirm some legal safeguard. Theobjective is to deter any form of violence instigated by humans underany form as well as protect animals from any form of cruelty byimposing a fine for those caught in violation (Lockwood89). Most of these legislations fall under the category of morality,i.e. the objective isn’t to protect the animal, but to keepindividuals on the straight and narrow. No matter what the reason, anumber of other states are recognizing that animal unkindness,disregard and mistreatment are serious concerns.

However,I profoundly feel that the current laws have loopholes that need tobe addressed concerning mistreatment of animals. I would suggest acomprehensive law should be drafted that would ensure that it is theanimals that gets protected from human actions. Also more punitivesentences or fines should be imposed on offenders found in violationof the animal protection laws.

Protectionof farmed animals

Sidelinedby most state animal mistreatment legislations and the federal AnimalWelfare Act are farmed animals (Lockwood100). These categories of animals are especially at higher risk oflarge-scale exploitation and abuse. Ever since the beginning offactory farms, this largely developed and exponentially stretched theproduction of animals by products at the cost of compassionate animalcare and handling (Lockwood117). The 28 hour law amendment of 1994 only covers farmed animals intransit. The law requires a vehicle transporting animals forslaughter purposes to stop after every 28 hours and be allowed toexercise, feed and drink (Lockwood120).

However,animals are often confined in crowded compartments and transported inextreme conditions. Many drivers don’t uphold the stipulatedrequirements particularly if trips are slightly more than 28 hours. Consequently, the law is rarely enforced. The department ofagriculture claims the law doesn’t include birds (Phillips140).Also humane methods employed in slaughter of animals are equallylimited. As a result enforcement of these Acts have been unable tocoexist and animal protection groups continue to reveal and exposepersistent and horrific infringements of it.

Animalhandling equipments and facilities

Facilitiesor equipments used to handle animals should be improved in order toeliminate any distress that such items can impose on the animals. Istrongly believe that the tiny metal crates in which pregnant sowsare forced to lie should be banned from use. Also the veal cratesused to house claves should be banned as well. Such animals shouldbe accorded with enough room to move about as well as feeds thatcontain high amounts of fibre. Closely related is the fact thatanimals should be subjected to very minimal levels of pain within thewhole slaughter process(Lane 12).

Inthis paper,we have seen that animals play significant functions inour lives, and among young children who appear to have a naturalattraction for animals. The nature of their connection with thisanimals and the natural world are momentous in moulding their overallattitudes and beliefs. Also, we have seen that since animals lackspeech, it is imperative to protect them from mistreatment.

Wehave also explored a number of ways that could lead to an end ofanimal mistreatment and cruelty. Teaching, encouraging andemphasizing children to show compassion towards animals leads to morevaluable and capable adults. We have also seen that existing laws andlegislations need to be revised so that they can be morecomprehensive to ensure that animals get adequate protection. Alsofarmed animals need to be captured and included in laws as suchlegislations simply exclude them. Additionally, handling apparatusesand facilities used to handle animals should cause them distress inany way


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Phillips,Allie.&nbspDefendingthe Defenseless: A Guide to Protecting and Advocating for Pets.Lanham: Rowman &amp Littlefield, 2011. Print.