Saturday, May 28, 2011
There are places that have horses, dogs and cats that are abused.
One horse there was abused. She is blind in one eye and her previous owners had a bad saddle, and it hurt her. This is a case of accidental abuse. Now that she's at Sunnyside, even though she has a saddle that fits her, she associates saddles with pain, and doesn't sit still when you put it on.
But a dog there lost one of his legs. He's completely fine now, though (Other than the missing leg) and is great around people. He's friendly, and unless you were on the right side you couldn't even tell that he only had three legs.
This shows how differently each individual animal recovers from abuse.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
History of Dog Fighting
Dog fighting has been a common sport in America for a long time. Fights like the one above could happen anywhere, at any time, with any people.
About the Dogs
Certain dogs are bred to do certain things. Take a border collie, for example. Bred to herd, and herding will always be in their blood, it's their instinct.
And its the same for fighting dogs. A fight between two puppies will be over quickly as soon as one submite to the other's dominance
But fighting dogs are dogs that have been genetically engineered and changed so that in a fight, they don't back down when the other dog submits. They are bred to continue fighting, even if they are injured.
But its important to realize that not all pitbulls and other fighting dogs, fight.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
If puppy mills are so horrible, why do they continue to grow?
Well, like we said before, a lot of people don't know about them. They find an adorable, cuddly puppy that they just absolutely have to have, or they go to websites and find the most amazingly cute puppy that they've ever seen and adopt, not knowing what goes on before.
What exactly are puppy mills?
Hundreds of thousands of puppies are raised in puppy mills each year. Puppy mills breed female dogs as soon as they can be bred, and every year after. Usually around the time they turn five and can't be bred any more, they are killed; usually shot.
There are hundreds of puppies in each mill, and they are kept in small, cramped cages, with inadequate food and water. They are not heated in the winter, or cooled in the summer. Many dogs die of heat stroke and freezing to death.
Because of the lack of space, and the amount of dogs in each cage, many are killed or injured in fights with other dogs.
Why are they so bad?
Puppy mills keep their dogs in tiny, cramped cages. They don't provide enough food or water, and in order to earn more money, they very seldom have vet checks. Food is bought in bulk by the truckload, and is very poor quality.
Dogs in puppy mills often have little to no human contact, and could be very mean. Also, because they aren't seen by vets and are kept in such filthy conditions, they have emotional or physical problems that could cost the family thousands of dollars.
~Hannah, Maya, Reanna
After completing this research project, our group's view on animal abuse has changed. When we first started, we thought animal abuse was just being mean to an animal. Now we realize that it really is much more than that. We learned that testing on animals in laboratories and neglecting animals are also forms of abuse. Even having too many pets, or hoarding, is abuse. (http://animalabuseisbad.blogspot.com/2011/05/what-is-hoarding.html)
~Hannah, Maya, Reanna
What is hoarding?
Hoarding is having too many pets and not providing proper care. "Animal hoarding involves keeping higher than usual numbers of animals as pets without having the ability to properly house or care for them." wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_hoarding
"Animal hoarding or collecting is an obsessive/compulsive disorder in which an individual amasses a large number of animals (sometimes more than a 100); fails to provide for the animals' most basic physical and social needs, including food, water, shelter, veterinary care, and sanitary living." http://www.ontariospca.ca/1-glossary.shtml
Why do people hoard?
Well, the answer to that is pretty complicated. There are newer studies that are leading toward attachment disorders in conjunction with personality disorders, paranoia, depression and other mental illnesses. Some animal hoarders began hoarding after a loss or traumatic event, while others think that they are "rescuers" who save animals from a harder life on the streets.
Not all people who have many pets are hoarders!
Hoarding means having a lot of pets and not being able to take care of them.
"A person may have a dozen animals, and all are spayed and neutered and provided with regular veterinary care and a sanitary environment. This person would not be an animal hoarder." http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/animal-hoarding.aspx
Is hoarding common?
There are around 900-1200 new cases of animal hoarding every year. These cases involve about a quarter million pets including cats, dogs to rodents, birds, reptiles, exotics and even farm animals.
~Hannah, Maya, Reanna
Monday, May 23, 2011
Why do people abuse animals?
Well, there are really three main reasons.
1) A lot of people abuse animals by accident. It might seem like it would be hard to not realize that you are abusing an animal, but a lot of people just don't.
For example. People sometimes get pets and have no idea how to take care of them. They don't know what food to get them, how often to exercise them, and where to keep them.
2) The second main reason, is abusers know what they are doing, but don't continue. An example of this is a group of kids in a neighborhood throwing rocks at a cat, or shooting a dog with a Bebe gun. A lot of times, it's a person (or people) trying to show off.
3) The third is the worst: People who abuse animals because they enjoy abusing things, or because it makes them feel superior or powerful. There are a few reasons why people do this. A lot of times, the people want to have control over others. They abuse animals to have control over the animal, or to have control over a person who loves the animal. An example of this would be a husband abusing a dog to show his wife what would happen if she didn't obey him.
Those are a few reasons why people abuse animals.
~Hannah, Maya, Reanna
Friday, May 20, 2011
|This is an example of a puppy mill. |
This is the definition of animal abuse.
Animal abuse is more than just hitting animals. Animal abuse is cruelty. Neglect. Hoarding. Carelessness. Animal abuse is not taking care of your pets when they are sick. Beating them until they bleed.
~Hannah, Maya, Reana
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
One example of an unnecessary test is with monkeys. Baby monkeys are taken from their mothers at a young age in order to determine weather they suffer from not having a mother. We know, the test doesn't sound too bad, but the monkeys often grow up with psychological problems, and are not the same emotionally as other monkeys.
Well, this test can, and should, stop. The answer is really pretty obvious because so many people have done the test so many times-yes, monkeys need a mother.
Another thing about the labs is not the tests themselves, but the conditions the animals are kept in.
Smaller animals, like rats, are usually kept in plastic bins about the size of a shoebox, with bedding covering the bottom, and wire on top.
Slightly larger animals, like Guinea pigs, are usually kept in the same type of cage, but bigger.
Larger animals like dogs, sheep, and primates, are usually kept in wire cages. There is usually one animal per cage, and they are kept separate.
There are laws that insure that the animals are kept warm enough, and have food and water, and the cages are just big enough, but animals are kept in the cages their whole lives except for when they are being tested on.
When animals are being tested on, approximately half of the test are painful, and the other half aren't.
Last year, out of about 489,300 animals that were tested on, some were given anesthesia so they wouldn't feel pain, but about 104,000 weren't given anything to reduce pain during the test. That might not seem like a lot, but it is, and some of the pain was severe.
Another thing about animal testing is that for some things, there really is no point. Animals-obviously-are not exactly like humans.
http://genome.ucsc.edu/cgi-bin/hgGateway?org=rat http://jailbreakvito.wordpress.com/page/2/ http://www.robert-redford.com/
An animal's body might react differently to a medicine, vaccine, product, etc. than a humans does.
~Hannah, Maya, Reanna
Monday, May 16, 2011
We all love animals, and Maya and Hannah own pets. Reanna's parents are allergic to them.
|Jubb Jubb and Spook|
Hannah owns a cat named Danni that came from Last Hope. They aren't sure if she was abused, but she might have been.