Sunday, April 13, 2008

Types of Animal Cruelty

In order for us to fight against animal cruelty, we must first have an understanding of what animal cruelty is.

Violence: Violence towards animals can includes beating, setting an animal on fire, torturing, mutilation of, or any other form of intentional hurt toward any animal.

Neglect: Neglect includes depriving an animal of proper food, water, veterinary care, and/or shelter.

Hoarding: Hoarding involves having more cats than one can reasonably take care of. Most people think of animal hoarders as having 100 animals or more, but really, animal hoarders can have as few as 5 cats if the person housing the cats cannot reasonably care for each and every cat's needs.

In my next post, I will tell you how you can learn about your state's laws regarding animal cruelty.

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