Animal cruelty manifests in many forms. From the child who throws rocks at a cat, to the backyard breeder who churns out puppies for cash, to the angry parent yelling at the family pet, animal cruelty is widespread in today’s society. By being able to identify animal cruelty, we can be better advocates for animals.
What are YOU doing to help prevent animal cruelty?
We’ve pulled together some pointers if you aren’t sure where to start:
🔹 See Something, Say Something
If you witness animal cruelty, speak up! Report the incident immediately to the correct local enforcement agency, i.e. Police or animal control. Posting about the incident on social media could endanger the animal even more by giving the offender more time to hide the animal, evidence, or the offense before law enforcement can act.
🔹 Document Everything
Take photos, videos, and write down anything you witness! Every detail matters, no matter how big or small. These details will help investigators and law enforcement if they need to develop a case against the individual committing the crimes.
🔹 Contact Your Local Authorities
Don’t place yourself in danger trying to save the animal, contact the appropriate local enforcement agency directly. Continue to document any further abuse until local authorities are able to address the situation.
🔹 Educate Your Children
The humane treatment of animals is strongly linked to the development of empathy, especially from a young age. Teaching children about compassion towards animals can help break the endless cycle of abuse. Teach your children about appropriate interactions with animals and advocate for humane education in their schools.