Animal abuse facts

February 28, 2012 | In: Animal facts for kids

Animal abuse is common everywhere in the world, because many people think that the animals don’t feel anything, and even if they do, they don’t care.

Animal abuse doesn’t refer just to dogs and cats, but to all living beings that are not human. Humans get their benefits from animals, and nothing else matters for them. Although animal abuse is much better than animal cruelty, it isn’t by far a good thing.

Even though 98% of Americans consider pets to be companions or members of the family, here are some facts that we should have in mind:


Neglect and abandonment are the most common forms of companion animal abuse in the United States and Europe.

Piglets are separated from their mothers when they are as young as 10 days old.

Cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do, but on dairy farms calves are taken away at 1 day old.

Elephants which perform in circuses are often kept in chains for as long as 23 hours a day from the time they are babies.

Approximately 3 to 4 million cats and dogs- many of them healthy, young, and adoptable- must be euthanized in animal shelters every year.

In one study, 70% of animal abusers also had records for other crimes.

More than 25 million vertebrate animals are used in testing in the United States each year. When invertebrate animals are thrown into the mix, the estimated number rises to as high as 100 million.


Before 1986, only four states had felony animal cruelty laws; nowadays, dog and cock fighting is illegal all across the US.

These are concerning facts, but I still think that in the future, people will learn that animals aren’t just possibilities for their pockets and the animal world will change somehow.

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