Animal cruelty can be either deliberate abuse or simply the failure to take care of an animal. Either way, and whether the animal is a pet, a farm animal or wildlife, the victim can suffer terribly. Don’t despair, though—anyone can take steps against cruelty.
Deliberate cruelty may involve beating, shooting or stabbing animals, or setting them on fire. Neglect is not giving an animal necessary food, water, shelter or vet care. Because their misery is often prolonged, animals who die of neglect can suffer just as much as animals who are deliberately harmed.
There is a well-documented link between animal cruelty and violence against people. Those who abuse animals are also likely to harm people—including their own family members.
If you think an animal is being abused, either through violence or through neglect, you can take action to help.Learn How
News & Events
November 11, 2015
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for beating a cat in a video posted on Twitter.
November 11, 2015
Gov. Scott Walker has signed AB 308, which will protect people who break into a vehicle to free a child or animal believed to be endangered by temperatures inside that vehicle.
November 9, 2015
Gov. Chris Christie signed a measure into law that explicitly bans human sexual activity with animals, which isn’t covered under existing law.
November 2, 2015
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for taping a pitbull puppy’s mouth shut, resulting in severe injuries and dehydration.