What is Animal Abuse?

Animal Activism

Universal Declaration of Animal Rights

Animals in Pop Culture

Animals in Sport

Other Uses of Animals

Animal Laws Around the World

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Clothing Food Testing Domestic Use




Humans wear clothing that is made from animals, mainly in the forms of fur and leather. Clothing manufacturers that sell items with fur usually have fur farms or buy from fur farms. Fur farms are places where animals are raised strictly for the use of their fur. Fur is most often skinned from foxes, rabbits, beavers, cats, dogs, possums, seals and otters. These animals, while living a the fur farms are often mistreated, malnourished and the poor animals have to suffer. In addition, of the coast of Canada baby seals are being clubbed and slaughtered to get their fur.

With modern advancements in clothing technologies, people are becomming more aware of the issues surrounding using animals for clothing. By many, leather is seen as something that is unnecessary and cruel for the animals. In order to make leather, animals' skin (usually cattle) is taken off (after they have been killed) and then is processed into leather.




Many Animal Welfare Activists will accept eating animals as a need by the human race. In order for this to be okay, the animals need to be treated fairly, fed well and need to be killed as quickly and a painfree as possible. However, activists realize that people mistreat the animals and then make them suffer a painful death. People keep the animals confined indoors in filthy cages, making it difficult to move and to get any fresh air. The animals are force fed drugs in order to withstand the horrible living conditions and to make them appear to be bigger and fatter than they really are and to make them produce milk and eggs faster than they normally would. Some countries, such as the United States, have humane slaughter laws.

a video of the cruelty of animals in farms





Animal testing is a highly controversial activity in the world. There are several types of testing such as:

Testing in animals is highly controversial because it often leads to pain, suffering, psychological problems for the tested animal and even death. There have been ongoing disagreements on whether testing on animals is actually a necessity, or whether we can live and make medical improvements without the testing.


Domestic Use

Usually, domesticated animals such as cats and dogs have no major issues besides the occasional abusive owners. However, pets sold in pet stores often times have genetic and non genetic diseases, such as kennel cough. The puppies and kittens, if they aren't sold in "adequate time" are often euthanized. Contrasting to this, animals in shelters are often not euthanized and live in the shelter until they are adopted by a loving person or family.

In order to produce a lot of puppies for domestic use, there are places known as puppy mills. Puppy mills are often associated for wanting large profits and not actually caring for the puppies, which is why they oftentimes have diseases and psychological problems.

In many cultures and even in southern United States, people "adopt" nontraditional animals. These animals can include monkeys, alligators, lions, and other wild animals that are not domesticated. This causes controversies involving the ethics of "owning" wild animals and have sparked much debate over the years.