Cruelty to Animals


Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse or animal neglect, is the intentional infliction by humans of suffering or harm upon any non-human animal, regardless of whether the act is against the law.

Suffering, or pain in a broad sense, may be an experience of unpleasantness and aversion associated with the perception of harm or threat of harm in an individual.

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More narrowly, it can be the causing of harm or suffering for specific gain, such as killing animals for food or for their fur; opinions differ about the extent of cruelty associated with a given method of slaughter.

Fur is used in reference to the hair of animals, usually mammals, particularly those with extensive body hair coverage that is generally soft and thick, as opposed to the stiffer bristles on most pigs.

Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body.

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Cruelty to animals sometimes encompasses inflicting harm or suffering for personal amusement, as in zoosadism.


Laws concerning animal cruelty are designed to prevent needless cruelty.


"Billions of animals, mostly frogs are killed every year expressly for educational use.

A frog is any member of a diverse and largely carnivorous group of short-bodied, tailless amphibians composing the order Anura.


This action leaves the impression that animal lives can be wasted if this benefits humanity."


Divergent approaches to such laws occur in different jurisdictions throughout the world.


For example, some laws govern methods of killing animals for food, clothing, or other products, and other laws concern the keeping of animals for entertainment, education, research, or pets.

Entertainment is a form of activity that holds the attention and interest of an audience, or gives pleasure and delight.


Cruelty to animals is not the same thing as disrespect towards animals.

War is a state of armed conflict between societies.


In broad terms, there are three conceptual approaches to the issue of cruelty to animals.


The animal welfare position holds that there is nothing inherently wrong with using animals for human purposes, such as food, clothing, entertainment, and research, but that it should be done in a way that minimizes unnecessary pain and suffering, sometimes referred to as "humane" treatment.


Utilitarian advocates argue from the position of costs and benefits and vary in their conclusions as to the allowable treatment of animals.

Cost–benefit analysis, sometimes called benefit–cost analysis, is a systematic approach to estimating the strengths and weaknesses of alternatives ; it is used to determine options that provide the best approach to achieve benefits while preserving savings.


Some utilitarians argue for a weaker approach which is closer to the animal welfare position, whereas others argue for a position that is similar to animal rights.

Animal rights is the idea that some, or all, non-human animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives and that their most basic interests—such as the need to avoid suffering—should be afforded the same consideration as similar interests of human beings.


Animal rights theorists criticize these positions, arguing that the words "unnecessary" and "humane" are subject to widely differing interpretations, and that animals have basic rights.


They say that the only way to ensure protection for animals is to end their status as property and to ensure that they are never used as commodities.

In the abstract, property is that which belongs to or with something, whether as an attribute or as a component of said thing.

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