Animal cruelty is a taboo subject. Laws and regulations change from county to county. Behavior that would be unacceptable on one side of the country is ‘no big deal’ on the other. Many would argue that cruelty to animals should be as clear cut as other legal issues. We shouldn’t need laws to tell us that; it should be plain human decency.
But, there’s no denying that cruelty laws are reaping rewards in some areas. A recent Fox news interview with Fulton county rescue centers revealed a massive increase in recent cases. Karen Hirsch, the director for public relations of the Lifeline Animal Project, said in an interview, “At Fulton, it’s tripled– the number of animal cruelty cases we get. We are really not sure why,”.
While reasoning is unclear, it seems more cases are coming through. Of course, there is the worrying possibility that cruelty is becoming more commonplace. Or, could it be that more funding and effort is going towards the cause? For example, in the last two weeks, Futon charities have seen rewards totaling $15,000. It’s got to be a good sign, right?
One thing that’s sure is that this increase suggests too much lenience has been shown to the issue in the past. Though exposure of these cases is new, the cases themselves aren’t. The animals rescued are exposed to horrendous conditions for long periods. While the intervention is a positive sign, the fact that it’s taken this long to reach that point is shocking. If this were anything other than animal rights, people would be protesting on the streets.
Riding on the coattails of success, though, it’s worth looking at how best to move forward. Clear animal rights rules seem like the best option. That way, there’s less room for error, and more chance of convictions when cases do reach court. For proof, think about how much you know about animal rights.
The majority of us care a great deal about our pets. We go above and beyond. We buy them the best best flea medicine for dogs that money can buy. We smother them in love and affection. We keep them cool on hot days, and keep them inside when it’s pouring with rain. If you do all these things, the chances are you consider yourself a pretty good pet owner. And, of course, you are. It sounds as though you’re meeting every care criteria.
But, the fact that we consider these things above and beyond is the worrying thing. For us, the above points are fundamental rights. So, why are they luxuries for our pets? And, if they’re luxuries, what do we consider cruelty?
When animal rights groups are unable to take action unless conditions are horrendous, something is wrong with the system. The issue is, of course, that cracking down on matters will see rescue centers overrun. As with Futon, there would be a massive increase in confiscated animals. But, some of us would argue that it’s a small price to pay.