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.
People with emotional problems may beat, shoot, or stab animals or set them on fire. Those who abuse animals are very likely to be violent to other people—even their own family—too.
Neglect is not giving an animal the right food, water, shelter or vet care. Because their misery goes on for so long, animals who die of neglect can suffer just as much as animals who are harmed on purpose.
If you think an animal is being abused, either through violence or through cruel neglect, you can take action to help.Learn How
News & Events
May 21, 2015
The Illinois Senate passed legislation allowing, for the first time in decades, a hunting and trapping season for bobcats.
May 18, 2015
Two bills to improve animal welfare in New Jersey have passed the Senate. A. 3012, sponsored by Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-Somerset, and Sen. Christopher Bateman, R-16, defines, prohibits and sets penalties for the sexual abuse of animals.
May 18, 2015
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is investigating the death of a sea lion who was shot in the head on the Cowlitz River in Washington.
May 6, 2015
Geoffrey Deane Peterson pleaded guilty to three counts of felony aggravated animal cruelty in response to 60 dogs and other animals being rescued from atrocious conditions at his home in Dunlap, Tennessee.