Tip of the Week: One of the most common form of animal cruelty is the abandonment of dogs. As pet owners fail to understand and control the behavior of their dogs when they go around chewing shoes and furniture, barking, urinating in the wrong places, etc, they 'give up hope' and abandon them.

Well, it is our responsibility to spend some quality time daily to train your dog! It will take some patience, and a lot of love. But remember, just like us human, learning as we get older, animals learn as they grow too! And what is better than to spend some quality time to bond with man's best friend?

F.A.Q. - Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by veola at 1:01 AM

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thanks to all who wrote in to ask me questions about how to prevent animal cruelty and to stop animal abuse. I am deeply moved and encouraged by the number of emails I received giving me positive feedback and encouragement, and offers of help and compliments pouring in. I am grateful for all the support and I've also decided to post a FAQ to give my personal opinion on some of the questions asked. This list will grow and evolve over time as the questions pour in.

Q1. What is considered animal cruelty or abuse?

Animal cruelty is when we directly or indirectly cause pain, distress, or suffering to another living creature, intentionally or otherwise.

The main possible causes of abuse and cruelty to animals are; what we eat, what we wear, and the pets we keep.

Exploiting animals for their body parts, for unnecessary luxuries, for our own pleasure; can be considered to be a form of animal abuse. In my opinion, everything and anything, when taken to wasteful excesses or mindless extremities, will sooner rather than later descend into some form of abuse.

If there is even the slightest doubt in you that a certain product could only be made possible by exploiting some animals, and you can live without it, then my suggestion is that we do not need it or want it to be a part of our lives. If we continue to contribute to the demand for it, then there will always be someone out there ready to supply and profit from it.

Personally, I am now using canvas and nylon bags and belts, and PVC shoes. All synthetic materials, I'm not missing a thing, and I'm happier than ever!

Q2. I want to help stop animal abuse and cruelty to animals, but I am not vegan as meat has been a part of my diet all my life, what should I do? Aren't human omnivores?

Well, I have asked myself this question so many times I lost count!

True, if only all human beings are vegan, the world would be a much better place, especially for animals! But while I admire vegans and aspire to be one gradually, I also believe in balance, harmony with nature, and self-moderation.

If you want to, and have the determination and will, to be a vegetarian, good on you! But it does not mean that you cannot play a part in preventing cruelty and animal abuse even if you are not a vegetarian! There are many animal lovers and activists out there who are not, or not yet, vegetarian, but they certainly are taking action in helping to stop animal abuse.

Different camps will probably give you different views on whether human are carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores by nature or design. In my opinion, human beings are closer to being natural herbivores anatomically (read this to see why), as on our own, we cannot outrun most wild animals, are not stealthy enough to surprise and catch most wild animals, and are not physically strong enough or equipped with natural weapons like huge jaws or sharp claws to overpower most wild animals. But yet, we are also opportunists and survivors who are capable and intelligent enough to set traps and fashion weapons that are able to capture and hunt animals for domestication and for food. Although I would still say that having a mainly herbivorous diet will be closer and more natural to what our body is designed for, not to mention that it is much more healthy!

Q3. I want to start right now to help prevent and stop animal abuse and cruelty to animals. What should I do?

The moment you have this desire to do so, you have already taken the first step, that is, to start the change from yourself! What you can do for a start;
i. Stop buying products made of parts of animals, especially ornamental and extravagant things like fur coats, animal skin carpets, ivory ornaments, etc.

ii. Stop eating 'Exotic' and Cruel Cuisines. Sharks Fin, Foie Gras, Dog meat, Veal, Drunken Prawns, Lobsters boiled alive ...

iii. Stop buying pets on impulse. Understand your ability to undertake a long term commitment of having a pet. If you decided to have a pet, don't buy, adopt instead.

iv. If you already have a pet, make sure that they are given regular medical checkups and proper nutrition. Neglect is one of the most common forms of cruelty.

v. Stop buying products from companies that support animal experimentation and laboratory testing. Many cosmetics and household products are guilty of being a part of this.

vi. Stop eating meat originated from factory farming. Animals from factory farms go through extreme pain and suffering throughout their short life-time before dying a painful death.

vii. Last but not least, you can help spread the awareness by taking a stand and telling your friends and family about it. Find out from your local animal welfare groups on what you can do to contribute.

Q4. Besides this blog, what other activities are Stop Animal Abuse blog involved in?

We work with other animal lovers in our community and help to spot and monitor new strays, feed them till they are strong and healthy enough, and then send them to vets for neutering. Un-sterilized strays are usually captured and put down by the authorities. To prevent the unnecessary loss of innocent lives, the neutered strays are clipped at the ear. They are then either put up for adoption or, for older strays, sent back to their neighborhood. This is to help control the population of strays. The costs of feeding, transportation, and the operation are fully borne by volunteers like us.


Chelsea Bowman said...

i was wondering if killing animals o farms for there meat is animal abuse?
if so y do people kill them for there if they want a farm? would u ever kill an animal for its products? yeah some people might need money but not if u live on a farm with all kinds of lovely animals.

Stop Animal Abuse said...

Hi Chelsea,

raising and finally slaughtering livestock or farm animals, if all done in the most humane manner possible, may not be considered as abuse.

But, in the real world, because of the ultimate goal of achieving a higher profit margin, 'farm' animals are not kept in your good old traditional open field farms where they are allowed to roam.

Instead, they are often confined to standing room only in 'factory farms', hardly seeing any daylight or even room to move about. Don't believe the rosy pictures they show you on TV commercials...

Anonymous said...

I had a question about what would be classified as animal cruelty. I will give a sample of a cruelty case. Say there was an elderly cat, that had open wounds and you could feel all his bones under his fur (that was still on him) and he had a bad back leg and was sick with either cat influenza or cat aids? how soon must this animal recive treatment? Say he doesn't get treatment for eight days after being notified of his condition...would that be worthy to push a case of cruelty?
This is the true story of a cat I tried to rescue, we took him to the Humane Sosciety since the SPCA wouldn't accept strays. the Humane Sosciety kept him in a cage for eight days and he recived no medical attention for eight days. He passed away on the eight day. They did feed him, but he was not treated for his open wounds or his sickness. Is this wrong?

Anonymous said...

Your comment: "True, if only all human beings are vegan, the world would be a much better place, especially for animals!"

Farming crops is much more harmful to wildlife and the environment than farming most types of animal. If you are farming, say, beef cattle, generally the only animals who die directly from the farming are the cattle themselves, hopefully humanely in a good abattoir. If you use natural hedges to surround the cow field, they become a haven for wildlife. Additionally, sheep can be farmed on land that is unsuitable for growing crops, and their grazing is actually beneficial to moors and other wild ecosystems.

Farming a crop such as wheat is destructive to large numbers of insects, mammals, and birds. Small mammals such as rabbits and mice are killed by the harvesting machinery or lose their habitats when the crop is harvested, and pesticides used on the crops kill insects and frequently birds who prey on the insects.

Humans are adaptable animals who can live off a wide variety of food, from entirely vegetable sources to completely carnivorous.

Probably one of the most inhumane things you can eat is milk and dairy products, IMHO. Dairy cows have to become pregnant and give birth once a year to maintain their milk yield. The calves are taken from them as soon as they are born, and this must be emotionally very difficult for the cows considering female mammals bond so strongly to their young.

Anonymous said...

I think that instead of testing on innocent animals we should test on death row inmates. Instead of just killing them put them towards something productive and save animals.

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