Around the world, in so many contexts, animal cruelty continues to happen. From domesticated pets to wild animals, no animal is safe from cruelty in the hands of brutality. This is why there is an ongoing call, from different advocacy groups and organizations to recognize animal cruelty and stop it from further happening.
Animal cruelty happens because there are individuals who see animals as not deserving of respect as sentient beings. Poachers in the jungles hunt wild animals for money and for the fun of it. Different companies test on different animals products that need to be experimented on before being approved to be safe for human consumption. This practice is continued today despite the many calls of different advocacy groups. Big capitalist industries still make use of animals and the public don’t usually bat an eye against it because they think they can do nothing anymore about it.
In some cases, animal cruelty is also seen in the sale of exotic animals especially in how pet owners domesticate wild animals. This is a prohibited act and there are some laws that are clearly against this. Despite this, animal enthusiasts still patronize wild animals because they do not understand the repercussions of what they are doing. There are also alarming cases of puppy mills where dogs are used to give birth over and over again and have their puppies sold for certain prices. Dogs in these mills live in terrible conditions and people who purchase the puppies are not informed of the experience of the mothers of the puppies. This shows that there are still people who use animals in making money. This is why advocates of animal rights call for pet owners to adopt dogs instead of buying from puppy mills. Through adopting, there is an assurance that dogs would come from a loving shelter and would end up in a loving home.
On social media, there are cases that show individuals abusing different kinds of animals just for the sake of having fun. These activities are strongly condemned because animals also have a life. Abusive activities towards animals should never be taken lightly because it is reflexive of the capacity of the society to be violent. Even if these activities are only directed to animals, no one can say when this will be actualized towards other human beings.
For a fact, everywhere we go, animals are abused. In zoos, animals do not always live in very good conditions. Being trapped in cages is very bad for the well-being of wild animals. In some tourist spots around the world, animals are used to gain profit. Using animals against their own will is very abusive because it does not give animals the right to live as they should; peacefully and according to the order of nature.
Animal cruelty may come individually or collectively. There are individuals who do it because they get a kick out of it. There are also some cases that animals are used in movies and shows unethically. This is a case that is to be blamed on production units that do not value the life of animals. For big industries, animal abuse exists collectively because each member of the company, regardless of their personal opinion on animal abuse, takes part in the process of abuse, whether they like it or not because it is a part of their job. In light of all these, it is important to recognize groups advocating animal rights. Although sometimes they might sound way overboard, there is always a sense to what they’re saying and ultimately, it is to simply have regard for animal life and give value to it the way we do to human life.