Active vs. Passive Abuse
Many people do not realize it, but abuse does not necessarily mean hitting. For animals, abuse comes in the form of actual hitting, known as active abuse, and also in the form of neglect, known as passive abuse.
Active abuse can be hitting, slapping, kicking, or phsyically doing other harm to an animal. It can have malicious intent, and is considered a non-accidental injury (NAI). Oftentimes people can find a link between battering pets or other animals, and battering women and children, or having psychological problems.
Passive abuses are types of neglect such as:
- Parasite infestation,
- Inadequate shelter,
- Allowing a collar to grow into an animal's skin, and
- Not taking the animal to a veterinarian when needed
What can you do to help?
You do not need to be a celebrity to aid in this cause. As an ordinary citizen you too can help protect animals.
- Reduce your consumption of meat and poultry.
- Look for humanely raised meat, milk and eggs which are produced through farming systems where the animals can behave more naturally.
- Get pets from a local animal shelter or humane society.
- Prevent overpopulation and spay or neuter your pets.
- Do not purchase fur products, where the animals are killed just for the use of their fur.
- Join in PETAs effort to stop the Canadian Annual Seal Slaughter.https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1858
- Sign the petition: Animals Matter to Me http://www.wspa-usa.org/pages/1706_animals_matter.cfm
- Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade and write your legislature concerning any upcoming animal rights bills. www.aspca.org/joinbrigade