At HSNEGA, we are lucky to be surrounded by such a talented and caring community that constantly supports us. So, what better way to thank our friends than to feature some of them?
HSNEGA is starting a new community post blog series in an effort to feature local students and other supporters who advocate for our cause. From time to time, we’ll post speeches, essays and short stories submitted by supporters in our area. This week, we were inspired by an essay submitted to us by Cameron, a student at West Hall High School located in Oakwood, Georgia.
Cameron’s essay, “No Excuse for Animal Abuse,” was the winning West Hall entry for this year’s Young Georgia Authors Competition and is still in the running to be considered the Hall County winner. Keep reading for some of our favorite excerpts from his essay. Good luck in the rest of the competition, Cameron!
Did you know, that the time it takes for you to tie your shoe is the time it takes for one animal to be killed by abuse? Today, we will be talking about animal cruelty, in slaughterhouses, in domesticated homes, puppy mills, and ways we can put an end to abuse of that nature.
Animals that fall prey to unjustifiable abuse will be mentally damaged, if they are fortunate enough to survive. Animal abuse occurs among us everyday, in different forms. In slaughterhouses, animals are given uncomfortable, unfair treatment up until the day they are forced to be killed, with no means of making it a painless death. In homes we pass by everyday, dog fighting occurs, which is a form of abuse that forces dogs to fight or even kill each other. These “entertaining” dog fights gives them no chance of escape, letting them suffer in unbearable conditions. In puppy mills, dogs are bred because of the popular demand for young puppies.
Animal abuse is present today, because pets have a lack of power, and they can’t fight back. This is an easy way for cruel pet owners to abuse their animals, because no one will know unless an action is done to stop them. Household pets who are supposed to be loved and cared for, are tortured by the person they love the most. Animals who love their owner, are forced to loathe themselves, because they feel they have done something wrong. Why is this? Domestic animals are raised to love and most don’t understand any other feelings toward their owner.
Why is an animal important? Hasn’t animal cruelty been taken care of by places like the ASPCA or PETA? Why does it matter that an animal is abused? It isn’t human. Animals are scientifically known to have different personalities. The more someone reprimands an animal, the more well behaved they will most likely be. An animal, like humans, do not look exactly alike and animals can recognize, understand, and notice a specific smell of a person. Some animals, like the Turkey, even have different tastes in music. Animals are very intelligent and animal cruelty, even though it has become a known issue, still happens plentifully around the world today.
Every 10 seconds, an animal succumbs to horrific abuse. In a year, one million animals are killed because of abuse. Whether it be dog fighting, puppy mills, cruel treatment that would cause a painful death in a slaughterhouse, or domesticated violence, it happens.
Together, we can stop animal abuse. To stop abuse, we can cut meat from our diets. Meat is scientifically proven to be bad for you, and vegetarians live longer, and have healthier lives. We can also be adopt older dogs in shelters when you want a new friend for the family. Young dogs are always likely to be adopted and the longest most puppies stay in shelters is about a month. If we donate money to animal shelters, we can save an animal abused and lower the 1 million animals that are killed each year. Animal abuse is a problem everywhere, and a change can be made, and that change only can be made by us, the people. Be the voice they wish they had, make the choice they wish they could.
Have an animal related cause that you’d like to advocate for? Let us know and you might be featured too! Submissions and questions can be emailed to Samantha Threadgill, Community Relations Director, at sthreadgill@HSNEGA.org
Prepared by Bridget Bott, HSNEGA Digital Communications Intern