Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | April 15, 2009

Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

Snoopy the Vivacious

Snoopy the Vivacious

April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month and, distressingly, animal cruelty is still a very real and regular occurrence across the nation and world, requiring concerned activism and awareness in order to be stopped.  Fortunately, with growing mainstream media coverage of this issue, animal cruelty is becoming less accepted and/or ignored by the masses. 

However, the reality is that animal cruelty still regularly occurs and it can be occurring in your own neighborhood.  When Second Chance staff  have visited school classrooms to teach humane education and proper care of pets, we heard many stories from students who have witnessed cruelty and neglect occurring by people that they know.  They felt helpless to do something about it and really wanted to be heard.

If you spotted an act of cruelty against an animal, would you know what to do?  That’s a tough question for many people: Should you confront the alleged abuser? Wait until you can call the police? If you do, do you risk reprisal? Or perhaps you’re not entirely sure if the treatment constitutes abuse.

Visit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) website (http://www.aspca.org/) and spend a little time this month educating yourself about existing animal cruelty laws.  Reporting animal cruelty requires a call to your local law enforcement and providing details such as the type of cruelty that you witnessed, who was involved, the date of the incident and where it took place.  Animals can not ask for help and rely on others willing to do it for them.

If you are interested in further animal protection activism consider joining the fight for the passage of stronger anti-cruelty laws on federal, state and local levels by involvement with various animal advocacy groups. Current laws still allow some perpetrators of animal cruelty to receive minor penalties, we need stronger laws and stronger penalties to better protect innocent victimized animals. 

Beyond protecting domestic pets, the Humane Society of the United States (http://www.hsus.org/) is also involved in protecting animals such as chimpanzees, farm animals, wild horses, and seals to name a few.   

And to follow up on a recent SCHS Pet Column article against the Rocky Mountain Wolf hunt – the Natural Resources Defense Council is still actively seeking support, through one million signatures, to stop the May 4th initiation of a hunt that could be devastating to the unstable wolf populations: http://www.savebiogems.org/.

More locally, you can focus on setting a good example, treating pets and animals with compassion and respect and talking to children and young adults about how to do the same.  Prevention is one of the best ways to end animal cruelty. 

Another very direct means of making a difference this month is to foster or adopt a homeless pet, such as me – Snoopy!  I believe that all homeless pets deserve to have a loving forever home.  I have been working hard to find mine and my friends here at Second Chance Humane Society would love to introduce you to my contagious optimism and playful spirit.  Come visit me today!

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online: www.secondchancehumanesociety.org.  Direct Pet Column questions to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.orgPhoto by Real Life Photographs.

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