Think of the animals, Stop the Abuse
by AmandaMcc on February 22, 2017 - 6:48pm
There are many laws that are put into place in order to protect people. But there are not many laws in place that protect animals. The Windsor-Essex County Humane Society is calling for tougher laws that protect animals from animal abuse. The article “Humane society calls for tougher laws to fight animal abuse” written on January 6 2017, takes place in Windsor and CBC talks to the executive director of the humane society, Melanie Coulter. Coulter tells the readers how funding and tougher laws would help it fight animal abuse in the area. The view came to be after they investigated a few animal cruelty calls, which included a small dog that had its head slammed into a wall and was then hit on the head several times. The animal welfare organizations spends about $200,000 each year on animal cruelty implementation in the area. Surprisingly enough, all the money comes from various donations. Coulter tells CBC that “the cost of enforcing animal cruelty legislation is substantial… [and that] there's always more we could do if we had more resources." CBC later talks to Amy Reaume, who works as an animal cruelty investigator for over 11 years. Reaume says that while she loves her job it is also very hard and that when she first started, she “cried almost every single day” because of the things she had witnessed. Reaume recounts to CBC an investigation that she categorizes as one of the worst that occurred in 2013, and it involved farm animals. Reaume says that "a couple [of the animals] were still alive [and] that you can tell that they had eaten the other ones", there was no food or water and there were dead animal bodies everywhere. The owner of the farm wound up paying only $50,000 fine and nothing else. Reaume states that the owner’s punishment was not enough. Typically, owners only end up going on probation if found abusing an animal. The lack of severe punishment is outstanding. People can do so many terrible things and get away with it. While it's hard to say with confidence that tougher consequences would make a difference the animal cruelty investigator from the humane society said the laws need to be tougher.
Hearing about the humane society and its pleas for tougher laws made me think of an article published in the Guardian about a law being passed in Ohio that stops a different form of animal cruelty, animal sexual abuse also known as bestiality. Adam Gabbatt, the author of “A great victory for animals': bestiality may finally be outlawed in Ohio”, talks about a bill that is the result of a drawn-out campaign by the Humane Society of the United States, an animal welfare charity which is aiming to ban bestiality nationwide. The bill being passed rested in the hand the Ohio governor, John Kasich. An animal cruelty policy director, Leighann Lassiter says that the “passage of animal sexual cruelty legislation is a great victory for the Ohio animals.” Once the governor received the bill, he had 10 days to sign it into law or veto the legislation. If Kasich choses to do neither, the bill will pass anyway. The bill forbids a person from “sexual conduct” with any animal, also the bill targets what Lassiter calls an “organized sex ring.”
There are people out there that actually train their animals for sex and they people who train them will get paid for doing so. This bill will hopefully put a stop to this disgusting disregard for animals. There are state where bestiality is illegal and those states do have animal cruelty laws. Nevertheless, those laws are often inadequate when it comes to people abusing animals sexually. According to Lassiter, people who abuse animals sexually might only get punished if the animal is injured, while farm and wild animals are not protected from the existing laws. According to Lassiter, there are some states that lack specific laws on bestiality because sexual animal abuse was “covered under historic laws that also banned gay sex” and that there were some cases that revoked those laws bestiality were not reintroduced as a crime. As of right now, bestiality is legal in Vermont, Texas, Virginia, Nevada, Hawaii, New Mexico and Washington DC. The humane society is hoping to introduce a bill that bans this practice in those states in 2017.
There are even animal cruelty situations here, right in Montreal. On January 2017, an article written by Anita Kapuscinska talked about how the SPCA are asking the public to put a stop to animal cruelty. The article “Disappointed by the New Animal Transport Regulations, the Montreal SPCA Asks the Public to Put the Brakes on Animal Suffering” discuss the Canadian government and the recently published proposed amendment to the legislation regarding the treatment of animals during transportation. Even though for years, the animal protection organizations pressured for them to bring a legislation in line with the ‘internationally recognized standards”, the suggested changes fail to protect animals from suffering due to long distance transport, extremely bad weather conditions, “and the use of inhumane handling techniques.” A statistic given in the article states that across Canada, over seven million animals are transported from farms to slaughter house. Almost two million of those animals die during the transportation process and they estimated that twelve million become sick or an injured. The current legislation in Canada is over forty years old and most experts believe that it is one of the worst in the Western world. I believe that it is time to change that legislation. However, the proposed updates given by the government fails to help improve the welfare of the animals in a helpful way. To learn more about the updates look at the link below and select the third one. The draft of the regulations must go through a “public comment period” which ended on February 15 2017, before it was able to be adopted. The Montreal SPCA partnered up it with the British Columbia SPCA and are inviting people to visit the site www.humanetransport.ca so that they can express their thoughts on the proposed changes and to demand for better protection for the animals.
Animal cruelty is a problem that is very important to me as an animal lover and as the owner of an animal, my cat Charlie, who was abuse by his previous owner before we adopted him. I believe that animal cruelty is a problem that needs to be addressed more in the news and on television. As it is, for this post I searched for hours to find these articles. And it was really hard. I chose these articles because I believe that people need to know what it going on in the animal world and to show that there are ways that can stop this horrible mistreatment of animals. I urge people to try and stop this by donating money to organizations that help animals in need. Also to visit the site and post your opinion because your opinion might change things for the better. If you yourself have animals, please think about how you would feel to find out that somebody abused your pet?
News, CBC. "Humane society says more funding and tougher laws could help curb animal abuse." CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 06 Jan. 2017. Web. 22 Feb. 2017. <http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/windsor-essex-humane-society-highe....
Gabbatt, Adam. "'A great victory for animals': bestiality may finally be outlawed in Ohio." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 08 Dec. 2016. Web. 22 Feb. 2017. <https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/08/ohio-bestiality-bill-ani....
Kapuscinska, Anita . "Disappointed by the New Animal Transport Regulations, the Montreal SPCA Asks the Public to Put the Brakes on Animal Suffering." SPCA Montral. N.p., 24 Jan. 2017. Web. 22 Feb. 2017. <http://www.spca.com/?p=14109&lang=en>.