How can you get involved in supporting animal rights and animal welfare?
- Support your local SPCA with donations and or volunteer work.
- Investigate alternative ways of eating such as the vegetarian or vegan approach. The less meat we eat the less the farm animals will have to suffer. You can find information on websites such as www.mercyforanimals.org on such alternatives.
- To join the fight against animal abuse in a more direct way, you can support organizations like PETA. Their website www.peta.org shows what projects they are currently working on.
What should you do when you witness an act of animal cruelty?
- What to do: Animal cruelty is a crime in every state in the US. If you witness or hear about animal abuse, animal neglect or animal fight, report it to your local or state police department. You should also contact your animal control agency, the SPCA and Humane Society. If it is an emergency you may need to call 911.
What Constitutes Cruelty:
Neglect – denying an animal adequate food, water, shelter (a dog house), medical care (has apparent injuries that have not been treated), clean area, socialization (is the animal aggressive or timid when approached by owner), or chained up in a yard.
Violence – deliberately torturing, beating, and mutilating an animal.
Crime – Almost all acts of violence or negligence to animals are punishable by law. Laws vary not only from state to state but also from region to region.
Get as much information as you can to give to the authorities. Document the incident with photos or videos of the location, animal(s) involved and surrounding area. Be as detailed as possible. Dates, times, circumstances and statements from other people who have witnessed the cruelty should be noted and related to the authorities.