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Animal Cruelty, a Persistent & Sad Enduring Legacy

May 22, 2020philabustah

Why is Animal Cruelty Rising and How to Help

There are a few things in this world that tug at your heartstrings in the worst way; something you just can’t bear to witness. One of those things for almost all of us is animal cruelty. Even though it appears cases of animal abuse are on the rise, the truth is actually a lot more troubling. In this article, we will talk more about animal cruelty, why it appears to be rising, and what you can do to help.

Why is Animal Cruelty Rising?

If you were to look at the statistics of animal cruelty, it would appear as if it’s on the rise. However, the truth is, we don’t really know. Before 2016, law enforcement listed animal abuse in the “other offenses category”; meaning there was no way to actually track the incidences. Thankfully, since then, law enforcement using the National Incident Based Reporting System has started tracking animal cruelty as its own offense. Though, that also means there is not a lot of data to track. It is possible that the incidences have not gone up or even lessened over time but we don’t really know. Even still, FBI studies from this data have concluded that there is no discernable pattern among animal abusers at this time.
The Humane Society agrees, stating that animal cruelty and neglect cross all social and economic boundaries. Studies also suggest that animal abuse is common in both rural and urban areas. While the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) also estimates that nearly 1 million animals a year are abused, they also include the fact that most cases are never reported. The HSUS has been looking into the reasons people abuse animals and what type of people do it since long before the FBI. However, most of these are gathered from voluntary surveys and other studies.

Who Abuses Animals?

It can be hard to fathom that there are people out there who intentionally abuse animals. The HSUS reports that dogs, cats, horses, and livestock are among the most commonly reported. There is also a correlation with domestic abuse. From a survey, 71% of domestic abuse victims reported that their pet was also a target for abuse. Similarly, in families where child abuse had been reported, pet abuse had also been recorded in 88% of those situations.
Animal cruelty can encompass many different acts. However, the most common are unintentional abuse in the form of neglect (such as hoarders) and intentional abuse. Surveys done by the HSUS show that those who intentionally abuse animals are predominantly men under 30 years old. While those who unintentionally abuse them by hoarding are generally women over 60 years old.

How You Can Help

Animal cruelty is one of the worse things a person can do. It is a vile act to a defenseless creature that has no means to speak for itself. That’s why one of the best ways you can help is to report any cases of animal abuse or neglect you come across. Most cases of animal abuse go unreported. It’s imperative to call your local police department or animal control if you know an animal is being abused or neglected.
Some other things you can do to help include adopting or fostering animals from your local shelter, humane society, or rescue organization and donating to them. You can also donate to national organizations such as the Humane Society, ASPCA, and Best Friends Animal Society. By doing your part to report animal cruelty, adopt and foster pets, and donate to organizations, you are helping speak for all of the animals out there that can’t speak for themselves. Thank you!

Police Response to Missing Persons

APRIL 13, 2020. It was an ordinary day for 41-year-old Josh Wandell from Eugene, Oregon. A homebody who rarely left the house, he was staying up late while his fiancé, Sara Plogstere went to bed. Plogstere was the last one to see him before he disappeared, somewhere between 11PM and 3AM when she woke up.

Josh Wandell left all of his possessions behind, including his truck, and left the door unlocked. Wandell’s mother thinks he may be hurt or has gone missing under suspicious circumstances.

“He left all of his personal belongings at home including his truck. The front door of the house was unlocked, his keys were there. He probably intended to go outside real fast and come back in,” she said.

The family is issuing a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to him being found and has hired a private canine search indicating that Wandell didn’t simply wander off into the forest. They are asking for anyone with any knowledge as to his whereabouts to contact local authorities.

Around the world, people go missing all the time. Sometimes they are found quickly, such as a child who went to play at the neighbors and forgot to tell their mom. Sometimes they are never found at all. As variable as finding a missing person can be, so is how well the police handle it.

Many people attempt to file a missing person police report, only to find that the police refuse to mark them as missing or are insensitive about handling the case. In Lafayette, Louisiana a man turned to the police in tears after his daughter ran away, but the police refused to take the case.

In Kansas City, police neglect took a deadly turn. Concerned parents called police to file a police report when their child failed to return phone calls or texts. The police refused to file a missing persons report, most likely because Justin Graham had a record. They drove out of state to Graham’s home to try and find him, but he wasn’t there. He was found dead in a field a week later.

Many people who find themselves looking for missing people find themselves with very little to no support. They are the ones hiring private detectives, search dogs, and placing rewards for information. This is because even if the police would like to respond to every report with the same care and detail, there are often too many cases to do that.

In 2019 alone there were 374,433 missing person cases. Staffing for police are often limited, and many cases such as murders and thefts need to be handled as well.

While you can and should file a police report if someone you know is missing, that isn’t all you should do in order to find your loved one. You may to help support the case by hiring a detective or other private firm to help you gain information leading to the return of your loved one.

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