Abuse of the Innocent

Is it right to force a mouse to live it's live in a laboratory cage to test anti-cancer drug? How would
you like to be squeezed in a cage with many other animals, not being able to touch the grass, run
around and play, smell the flowers, or go for a walk in the warmth of the sunshine? Animal cruelty is
wrong because we are hurting the Innocent. Animals experience and feel pain, fear , anxiety, stress,
depression, boredom, joy and happiness. Animals are very intelligent, some ever learn our own
language. Most people experience their first bond with an animal. Not only do they bring a
companion and a friend into our lives, but also unconditional love and comfort. Pet shops and puppy
mills mass produce, kennels are overcrowded and dirty, with very little nutrition. Cats/dogs are held
in metal cages and lead miserable lives breeding continuously. Animals suffer and are neglected,
some are sold to research laboratories. A large number of animals are raised for slaughter each year.
A cow "has a natural life span of twenty- five to thirty years, but only survives for an average of
five".1 An estimated "seventeen million raccoons, beavers, bobcats, lynx, coyotes, muskrats, nutria,
and other animals are trapped each year in the United States for fur".2 They suffer from unbearable
pain for several hours before their lives are ended by the trapper's club. Is the price of live worth the
price of fur? Psalm 104, 27-30. All creatures depend on you to feed them throughout the year: you
provide the food they eat, with generous hands you satisfy their hunger. You turn your face away,
they suffer. You stop their breath, they die and revert to dust. You give breath, fresh life begins, you
keep renewing the world. Disections have been practiced in biology classes for many years. Critics
accuse some teachers of killing and argue that disection teaches nothing but cruelty. Nothing is
learned by cutting up an animal that cannot be learned from photographs or drawings. Children do
not learn about the human body by killing and disecting a person, they learn from diagrams and
textbooks. Vivisection means "cutting alive". It is a worldwide practice involving millions of animals.
Scientists say that vivisections may not necessarily be painful. Every living being with a brain, spinal
column, and central nervous system feels pain. Animals were not created for entertainment. What do
zoos really teach children? The animals are stolen from their natural habitats and are brutally
transferred. They suffer from boredom and have natural needs such as running, climbing, flying, and
natural mating. All of the magic and glitter of the circus hides the true animal cruelty. Several animals
are confined to small cages, muzzled, and repeatedly whipped in training. They are declawed, have
their teeth removed, and drugged to be obedient. Military research on animals include monkeys,
baboons, rats, guinea pigs, sheep, dogs, cats, rabbits, and mice. "... when I see my closest relative
locked in a restraining box, his head filled with electrodes, and all he has got to reach out to you is
with his eyes, then how can we respond to that if we close ours?".3 Weapons are tested on innocent
animals, nerve gas, bullets, and bombs are all used. "One sad insight is gleaned from this statement,
made by a Porton workman who lost his bearings: 'I thought I was ill, I thought I was seeing things.
It was a little monkey enclosed In a glass cage. Its eyes seemed to be falling out and it couldn't
breathe. It was in dreadful, dreadful distress. I forgot everything and went near it and said something
to it, and it buried its head in it's arms and sobbed like a child. I never slept that night, and the next
day managed to go back to the same room, but it was nearly finished by then. It had sunk to a little
heap at the bottom of the glass cage.'."4 Animal cruelty is wrong, we are hurting the innocent.
Cruelty of animals can be stopped, not only do we have to open our eyes, but open our mouths as
well. Read a book, write a letter, join a group or start a group, either way, an animal will be grateful
for the chance of a happy life.

656 End Notes 1. Loraine Kay, Living Without Cruelty, (London: Sidwick & Jackson, 1990), p.15.
2. Laura Fraser, The Animal Rights Handbook, (Los Angeles: Living Planet Press, 1990), p.9. 3.
Kay, Living Without Cruelty, p. 121. 4. Kay, Living Without Cruelty, p.119. Bibliography 1. Fraser,
Laura. The Animal Rights Handbook.