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Wayne teacher vows to add animal cruelty to curriculum - NorthJersey.com

Wayne teacher vows to add animal cruelty to curriculum - NorthJersey.com | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
NorthJersey.com Wayne teacher vows to add animal cruelty to curriculum NorthJersey.com Science students of Lisa Klink's at Schuyler-Colfax Middle School created paw print chains in memory of Quattro, a feral cat savagely beaten to death by children...
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A cat was brutally beaten to death by a group of children in Wayne, NJ, and in response, a teacher at a local middle school vowed to dedicate many of her lessons to animal cruelty awareness and prevention, as well as discussing the importance of caring for animals.  Animal rescue service, Olah, claimed, "It takes something like this to get attention. We can't ignore things. We have to be proactive so it never happens again."  Many commenters completely agree with the action being taken by this teacher because education of humane treatment at a young age will prevent children from harming animals later.  I agree with this teacher's decision.  I believe that in order to ensure it doesn't happen again, teachers need to incorporate animal cruelty awareness into curriculum in order to stop it from happening in the first place.

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Legal Problems for Animals? | 30 Second Animal Law - YouTube

What is the biggest problem for animals under the law? Stephen Wells, ALDF's executive director answers the question in our first installment of 30 Second An...
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This video explained why animals have a strong disadvantage in court.  It discussed how animals are considered to be property or "things" by the law and, unlike a human, they are unable to state or argue a case in the way a human can.  Even when humans are able to make a case for animal rights, the law still does not take the well-being of a living animal into consideration as much as the treatment of a "thing."  There were no user comments for this video.  I believe that this video really discusses what is wrong with legislation that allows people to get away with animal cruelty.  The biggest challenge we face when trying to make a case in court in support of animal rights is simply the fact that animals are but property in the eyes of the law.  This is why we need reform.  We need the law to consider animals an extension of the people making the case, not just their "things."

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Clinic Closed While Animal Cruelty Investigation Continues - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (blog)

Clinic Closed While Animal Cruelty Investigation Continues - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (blog) | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (blog) Clinic Closed While Animal Cruelty Investigation Continues NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (blog) The Fort Worth clinic at the center of an animal cruelty case has been closed while the veterinarian who allegedly kept animals...
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In Fort Worth, a veterinarian has been accused of keeping a suffering dog alive in order to have a supply for blood transfusions.  Since then the dog's owners have sued the vet for $1 million and he has had his veterinarian license revoked.  Authorities also found out that he has been keeping his own dog in poor conditions at the vet, and is now facing serious animal cruelty charges.  Almost all user comments pointed in the same direction: he deserves his punishment.  They all agree that animal cruelty cannot be overlooked and that proper action must be taken to ensure those who care for animals are not corrupt, like this veterinarian.  One man who knew the vet tried defending him in the comments, but every other user immediately shut him down and claimed that he is getting what he deserves.  Though I am sad to hear this story, I am glad that the court is not letting this vet off the hook, and actually taking serious action toward making him pay for his offenses.  I think we need more states to have legislation such as this, and maybe even keep vets' methods in check more often.

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Animal cruelty: Deputy fired after he shoots dog in head and leaves it to suffer

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Honestly, I don't suggest watching this video, it shows a dead dog and an animation of the dog's death. Anyway, the video covers an instance in which a man got pulled over by a cop, and the man's dog, who was in the pickup trunk of the man's truck, jumped out toward the cop. The cop's instinct was to shoot the dog twice in the head, but the shots did not kill the dog, rather left the dog writhing in agony. The man begged the cop to quickly just end the dog's life so it would not have to suffer, but the cop refused and left the man to finish the job by himself. He had to kill his dog with his own bare hands. The cop was fired for unnecessary action against the dog as well as the forcing the dog to suffer. The comments went two separate ways. Some people believed that the cop's shooting of the dog was already enough for him to be fired, while others believe he had the right to shoot, but should have been fired for refusing to end the dog's suffering. However, in all cases, commenters agreed that the cop made a major mistake and deserved to be fired for his actions. I am a bit conflicted about this situation. I understand that cops have the right to shoot dogs that attack them, but it is unclear if this dog was actually coming at him in a hostile manner. Regardless, if the dog was suffering and the owner was begging the cop to end its life quickly and end the pain, and the cop absolutely refused, then he deserves his punishment because either way, animal cruelty was committed here.
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Animal cruelty pleas entered in three separate Ulster County cases - Kingston Daily Freeman

Animal cruelty pleas entered in three separate Ulster County cases - Kingston Daily Freeman | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
Animal cruelty pleas entered in three separate Ulster County cases
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Steven Hommel, 57, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty.
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This article discussed three separate animal cruelty cases in Kingston, NY, in which all the defendants pleaded guilty.  All the cases involved people who were unable to provide food and water for the animals, causing them to have health issues, and in one case, die.  The commenters believed that their punishments were not severe enough.  However, their punishment was only that were not allowed to care for an animal for a year, which I believe makes perfect sense.  It shows that animal cruelty is not only because a person wants to hurt their pet, but also due to economic crises that do not allow the owners to care for their pets and most likely themselves, as well.

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Animal cruelty directly linked to human abuse | DispatchOnline

Animal cruelty directly linked to human abuse | DispatchOnline | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
THE link between animal abuse and animal cruelty and human abuse is irrefutable. Many studies have been done all over the world and the statistics are.
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This article brought attention to the direct correlation between animal abuse and violence toward humans.  Highlighting many bone-chilling statistics, this article discussed how almost every home in the US that has been investigated for domestic abuse also had a history of violence toward the pets.  It also discussed the psychological effects of children that either witness this behavior or start abusing animals at a young age, and that if more action is not taken, it will almost definitely lead to violence toward humans.  Many comments suggested that the people agreed with this link.  Many suggested the article be forwarded on to specific regions, so that their local government could consider the effects on violence animal abuse cases could have.  I personally feel this article completely laid out what I initially wanted to investigate when choosing a research topic. It showed the link between animal and human interaction, and provided statistics that will be useful for my research.

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We Can't Ignore Animal Mistreatment

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Animal cruelty is bad for everyone; dealing with dogs’ amorous behavior; another view on trap, neuter, release.
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The article is a response to a public inquiry regarding the media's exposure of animal curelty.  Dr. Michael W Fox discusses how there are numerous connections between animal treatment and the living conditions of owners.  Fox goes on to discuss the way animal abuse is somewhat kept quiet in the news, and how future generations will become desensitized to animal cruelty since it is so drowned out by other issues.  He claims that even if people do not abuse animals, but still ignore animal cruelty, it is just as bad.  People had a tendency to agree with Fox.  In fact, many people claimed that the local news rarely mentioned anything about animal abuse, even when puppy mills or other neglectful situations were discovered.  Some animal rights activists said that children need to be taught at an early age of the wrongs of animal cruelty to ensure it does not continue as they develop.  I wholeheartedly agree with the article and with the comments.  I believe that if we expect to end cruelty to animals, we must bring more attention to the issue in the mainstream media so that more people are aware of the ugly truth of animal cruelty and how relevant it is in society today, even if it does not seem to be.

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Petition Collects Over 14000 Signatures regarding Animal Cruelty - Clay County Free Press.com (subscription)

Petition Collects Over 14000 Signatures regarding Animal Cruelty - Clay County Free Press.com (subscription) | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
Petition Collects Over 14000 Signatures regarding Animal Cruelty
Clay County Free Press.com (subscription)
More than 14,000 signatures have been collected on a petition circling the area regarding animal cruelty.
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In this article, a group of people in Clark County, FL, created a petition telling county officials to treat animal cruelty legislation more seriously.  The petition was a reaction of finding tortured kittens.  They claim that their local government does absolutely nothing about animal cruelty cases, and it is time for a change.  I agree that if legislation will not do their job, the people need to rally together and get in officials' face about a serious issue and make them take charge.

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Teen charged with animal cruelty ordered to see psychiatrist

Teen charged with animal cruelty ordered to see psychiatrist | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
A teen charged earlier this week with cruelty to animals for allegedly taping shut the mouths of a dog.
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A teen in Calgary is facing animal cruelty charges for murdering his dog and cat, and leaving them to suffocate and die in an alley.  Before making the teen appear in court, he will be meeting with a psychiatrist in order to determine if he is actually mentally fit to speak in court or if his actions are due to a mental illness.  $80,000 were also recently donated by locals in order to enforce stricter animal cruelty laws in Calgary.  There were no user comments, but the fact that so many people were willing to donate for better animal cruelty laws demonstrates that it is a prevalent issue on which people want to take further action.  Since the defendant is very young, I think it is entirely possible that he suffers from a mental illness that compelled him to kill his pets, in which case, he needs help, not simply a harsh punishment.  As I've read before this behavior early in someone's life very often leads to violence and abuse against humans, such as murder, later in life, so it is good that he is being forced to seek help now.

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Denville dog owner, accused of animal cruelty, admitted into probation program - Dailyrecord.com

Denville dog owner, accused of animal cruelty, admitted into probation program - Dailyrecord.com | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
Denville dog owner, accused of animal cruelty, admitted into probation program Dailyrecord.com A Denville resident who was accused of neglecting his yellow Labrador retriever Almond -- which later suffered a stroke and had to be euthanized -- was...
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This article talked about a man who neglected his dog, leading to its death, and the court decision that pursued.  The dog was found with numerous health problems and the man failed to provide for the dog, who eventually suffered a stroke a died.  Since he was only a first-time offender, he did not face criminal charges, but had to go on probation and pay a fine to the county.  However, the man was still allowed to keep his other dog as long as he cared for it better.  There were no user comments on this article.  I believe that the decision to put him on probation instead of having the man face criminal charges is far too easy a price to pay for the way he abused his dog.  Not to mention, the fact that he was allowed to keep his other dog is completely preposterous seeing as the man is very likely to fail in caring for his dog again.  This legislation needs to be reformed so people who are unable to provide for animals do not have the opportunity to neglect an animal again.

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2 plead not guilty to animal cruelty at Santa's Land - BurlingtonFreePress.com

2 plead not guilty to animal cruelty at Santa's Land - BurlingtonFreePress.com | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
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2 plead not guilty to animal cruelty at Santa's Land
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BRATTLEBORO - The owner and caretaker of the Santa's Land theme park have pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges.
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This article covered the story of the two owners of Santa's Land in Brattleboro, Vermont, and how they pleaded not guilty on animal cruelty charges.  Dead deer were found at Santa's Land, as well as many other malnourished animals.  Though they were charged for animal cruelty, the court let them off without any major consequences, only forcing them to consent to random searches every now and then.  There were no user comments on this article.  I personally believe that this demonstrates a legal system that needs serious reform.  These people abused and neglected animals to the point where some even died, and the court is allowing them to continue do this as long as no more animals die.  I truly believe that this is the kind of court system that allows people to get away with animal cruelty is a major contributor to the continuation of animal abuse.  If there aren't any consequences, what stops someone from harming animals?  If someone doesn't have that kind of empathy and the court doesn't force them to stop, they won't stop.

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PETA asks to send posters to Rutherford County Schools about Animal Cruelty ... - Wgnsradio

PETA asks to send posters to Rutherford County Schools about Animal Cruelty ... - Wgnsradio | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
PETA asks to send posters to Rutherford County Schools about Animal Cruelty ...
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Calk said PETA has offered to send free “TeachKind” posters to schools in our area to encourage students to report cruelty to animals whenever they discover it.
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This article discussed PETA's new involvement in an animal cruelty case that occurred in Christiana, TN.  A 16-year-old tortured and murdered his family dog, and as a response, PETA is trying to promote their "TeachKind" program for kids to take at a young age to learn about proper treatment of animals with posters throughout the county's middle schools.  One commenter speculated that though a program like this would be good, the crime committed is too far beyond the question of proper treatment, but rather of mental illness and emotional problems.  Other commenters believed that it is still very important to have a program like "TeachKind," and I agree, but I also agree with the idea that a program like this can only help a certain percent of kids.  However, for a teen to murder the family's pet so brutally at such a young age demonstrates mental issues that don't only apply to animal cruelty, but destructive behavior in general.

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Felony Animal Cruelty in the United States

How many states make animal cruelty a felony? It was announced on March 14, 2014 that South Dakota is the 50th and final state in the United States to make a...
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This video congratulates South Dakota on finally making animal cruelty a felony.  The man in the video describes South Dakota's previous legislation on animal cruelty that it was a crime "on par with a bad check."  For the most part, comments showed widespread agreement that this progress is an effective step toward ending animal cruelty, and the agreement that animal cruelty should be considered a felony.  However, there were also a few comments that demonstrated uncertainty as to how much of an impact legislation will have on the issue.  Some believe that simply making animal cruelty a felony will not actually effect the issue at all.  I personally believe that while making animal cruelty a felony is progressive, since it is my opinion that there must be consequences for mistreatment, this will not stop the crime, rather give the crime a more severe punishment.

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