STOP ANIMAL ABUSE
By Marcelle Naidoo
Imagine remaining loyal to someone who continuously harms and violates you…
Animal abuse has reached an all-time high as more and more pets are being put down due to neglect and physical abuse. I can’t seem to wrap my head around this fact.What’s the point of hurting these loving, harmless beings? Pets are companions who are by our sides.Through trials and tribulations, they make life just a bit more worth living.
Whether you’re and animal lover or not, the squeak of a fluffy little puppy will definitely melt your heart. Every animal has their own unique personality. Similar to humans they have feelings that are very easily hurt. This may not always be intentional and can easily be mended with a juicy new chew toy. Some pet owners go on holiday leaving behind animals that aren’t fed for days.This level of neglect could cause their pets to go into depression and fall ill. When getting a pet you need to be fully aware of all the responsibilities that comes along with this.Much like having a child, a pet needs to be loved ,fed and taken care of physically. Nobody should get a pet with the intention of neglecting its needs because for me, the worst form of abuse is neglect.
In South Africa the amount of animal cruelty cases has increased tremendously.Dogs are being dragged behind cars and kittens are being drowned because their owners cannot afford to look after them…surely this isn’t what we’ve become? These cruel acts that have been occurring could be a result of alcohol abuse or psychological disorders. The Durban and Coast SPCA recently reported a case were three kittens along with their mother were bundled up in a pillow case and thrown out the window of a flat on the 9th floor, my heart breaks when I hear of such cases and unfortunately nothing could be done to save their lives as they were severely injured. People who participate in this kind of inhumane behaviour need to be caught and dealt with
The SPCA have done a great deal for the country with regards to the prevention of animal abuse. They have assisted in catching abusers whilst saving the lives of many innocent animals. Their aim is to create a home where animals feel safe and protected. Because the numbers of cruelty cases are increasing daily, the SPCA is in dire need of funding and donations. The beautiful animals that live at the SPCA are always looking for new loving homes to go to, so if you feel you are responsible enough then adopt a little buddy.
The public is urged to report any cases of animal abuse to this after hour’s emergency number- 083 212 6103083 212 6103. The Animal Protection Act (APA) no. 71 of 1962 gives SPCA inspectors authority to take rightful action against animal abusers.