Cruelty to Equal Creatures
Heidi Purnama, Division 1, 6th grade #ws16e-s3d1

I was scrolling through some pictures on the internet when one about a puppy named Peanut caught my eye. I read the article, my eyes growing wider and wider with each passing word. The article read, “In 2008, a pair of Australian men kidnapped a fox terrier puppy named ‘Peanut’, in the middle of the night, took him to a park behind some rodeo grounds, and recorded themselves slashing him with a knife and garden shears, amputating two of his legs and severing his nose before finally decapitating him.” It was complete lunacy and brutality. This was recorded as one of the worst cases of animal cruelty in Australia. As I looked, I found more cases of animal abuse involving microwaving cats, driving while an animal is tied to the back of the car, shooting, and even exploding. This just showed how many violent people there are in the world. It was heartbreaking to find out that us, evolved hominids, would even do such a thing without reason. Imagining how the animals’ must feel was even worse. Imagine being only about six months old, and someone tried to slice off both of your arms, and decapitated you. Since you are a baby, you might be incapable of what’s happening but still, your nerves work and you would be in so much pain, at the point where you can’t even scream anymore.

It might be hard to process and believe why people do this. Usually when the animals are abused, the abuser is not understanding what he or she is doing because they are either under drugs or high. Others know what they are doing, but maybe kicking animals or hurting them makes them feel powerful. Hoarders are also one of the biggest abusers. Keeping over 300 animals in their land, providing their animals with no food nor water. Over 1 million animals are abused or killed in connection with domestic violence. The most reported victims were dogs, cats, horses, and livestock. Based on the cases, 70.1% of the abused animals were dogs, 20.9% were cats, and 24.1% involved other animals. But the world doesn’t have to be a cruel, animal abusing place. It could start from one tiny step, and change into a big impact. Bringing awareness to animal abuse is a real help, and it's not that difficult. Volunteering for helping at animal shelters or teaching your community can help your fellow communists understand what animal abuse is, and how they can help too. By doing that, each second animals are being helped and saved from further abuse. Animal abuse should be stopped internationally once and for all for animals safety, for animals like horses have been helping us since the beginning of time, and dogs also have helped us humans hunt.
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