57 Facts About Animal Cruelty

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    1. Animals caught in traps can suffer for days before succumbing to exposure, shock, or attacks by predators.
    2. Traps often kill “non-target” animals, including dogs and endangered species.
    3. To cut costs, fur farmers pack animals into small cages, preventing them from taking more than a few steps back and forth.
    4. Crowding and confinement is especially distressing to minks- solitary animals who occupy up to 2,500 acres of wetland in the wild.
    5. The frustration of life in a cage leads minks to self-mutilate- biting their skin, tails, feet- or frantically pace and circle endlessly.
    6. “PETA investigators witnessed rampant cruelty to animals. Workers beat pigs with metal rods and jabbed pins into pigs’ eyes and faces.”
    7. Snakes and lizards are skinned alive because of the belief that live flaying makes leather more supple.
    8. Piglets are separated from their mothers when they are as young as 10 days old.
    9. Once her piglets are gone, the sow is impregnated again, and the cycle continues for three or four years before she is slaughtered.
    10. Approximately 3 to 4 million cats and dogs- many of them healthy, young, and adoptable- must be euthanized in animal shelters every year.
    11. Cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do- to nourish their young – but on dairy farms calves are taken away at 1 day old.
    12. 1 day old calves are fed milk replacements (including cattle blood) so that their mothers’ milk can be sold to humans.
    13. Animals can suffer brain damage or death from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs.
    14. Each year, approximately 10,000 bulls die in bullfights.
    15. Most cows are intensively confined, unable to fulfill their most basic desires, such as nursing their calves, even for a single day.
    16. Cows are fed unnatural, high-protein diets-which include dead chickens, pigs, and other animals.
    17. Overall, factory-farmed animals, including those on dairy farms, produce 1.65

      of manure each year.

    18. Kid goats are boiled alive to make gloves.
    19. The skins of unborn calves and lambs – some aborted, others from slaughtered pregnant cows – are considered “luxurious.”
    20. About 285 million hens are raised for eggs in the US. In tiny spaces so small they cannot move a wing.
    21. The wire mesh of the cages rubs off hens feathers, chafes their skin, and causes their feet to become crippled.
    22. Before 1986, only four states had felony animal cruelty laws.
    23. Glue traps cause terror and agony to any animals who touch them, leaving them to suffer for days.
    24. In one study, 70% of animal abusers also had records for other crimes.
    25. Sealers often hook baby seals in the eye, cheek, or mouth to avoid damaging their fur, then drag them across the ice to skin them.
    26. Arsenic-laced additives are mixed into the feed of about 70 percent of the chickens raised for food.
    27. Every year, nearly a million seals worldwide are subjected to painful and often lingering deaths, largely for the sake of fashion.
    28. Scientists estimate that 100 species go extinct every day! That’s about one species every 15 minutes.
    29. Every year in the US, 50 million male piglets are castrated (usually without being given any painkillers).
    30. More than 15 million warm-blooded animals are used in research every year.
    31. The methods used in fur factory farms are designed to maximize profits, almost always at the expense of the animals.
    32. To test cosmetics, cleaners, and other products, hundreds of thousands of animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed every year.
    33. In extremely crowded conditions, piglets are prone to stress-related behavior such as cannibalism and tail-biting.
    34. Farmers often chop off piglets’ tails and use pliers to break off the ends of their teeth- without giving them any painkillers.
    35. For identification purposes, farmers cut out chunks of young pigs ears.
    36. Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages.
    37. For fur, small animals may be crammed into boxes and poisoned with hot, unfiltered engine exhaust from a truck.
    38. Engine exhaust is not always lethal, and some animals wake up while they are being skinned.
    39. Larger animals have clamps attached to or rods forced into their mouth or anus so they can be painfully electrocuted.
    40. Bird poisons attack birds’ nervous systems, causing them to suffer seizures, erratic flight, and tremors for hours before dying.
    41. If you drink milk, you’re subsidizing the veal industry.
    42. Male calves are often taken away from their mothers at 1 day old, chained in tiny stalls for 3-18 weeks, and raised for veal.
    43. After they are taken from their mothers, piglets are confined to pens until they are separated to be raised for breeding or meat.
    44. Although chickens can live for more than a decade, hens raised for their eggs are exhausted and killed by age 2.
    45. More than 100 million “spent” hens are killed in slaughterhouses every year.
    46. Forty-five states currently have felony provisions for

      . (Those without are AK, ID, MS, ND and SD.)

    47. Dogs used for fighting are chained, taunted, and starved to trigger extreme survival instincts and encourage aggressiveness.
    48. Dogs that lose fights (or refuse) are often abandoned, tortured, set on fire, electrocuted, shot, drowned, or beaten to death.
    49. Cows on average product 16 lbs of milk per day. With hormones, antibiotics, and genetic manipulation? 54 lbs a day.
    50. Humane treatment is not a priority for those who poach and hunt animals to obtain their skin.
    51. Alligators on farms may be beaten with hammers and axes, sometimes remaining conscious and in pain for 2 hours after skinning.
    52. Investigation of animal abuse is often the first point of social services intervention for a family in trouble.
    53. A Canadian Police study found that 70 percent of people arrested for animal cruelty had past records of other violent crimes.
    54. Dog fighting and cock-fighting are illegal in all 50 states.
    55. Hoarding of animals exists in virtually every community. Well-intentioned people overwhelmed by animal overpopulation crisis.
    56. The consequences for hoarders, their human dependents, animals, and the community are extremely serious- and often fatal for animals.
    57. Declawing is a painful mutilation that involves 10 amputations – not just the nails – but the ends of toes (bone and all).

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