You can help prevent animal cruelty

Sydney Hoose, Staff Writer

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Many people have seen the BSPCA (Bahrain Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) commercial with the song “In The Arms of an Angel” by Sarah McLachlan, featuring scenes of terrified and malnourished animals. Some people don’t bat an eyelid at this commercial despite the desperate call for help.

According to Ryan Rauch on, “66,000 dogs and 21,000 cats are subjected to testing every year.” he also said that, “Testing includes subjecting animals to pharmaceutical drugs, carcinogens and even involves killing pregnant animals and conducting tests on fetuses.”

“Anti-cruelty laws exist in all U.S. states and territories to prohibit unnecessary killing, mutilating, torturing, beating, neglecting and abandoning animals, or depriving them of proper food, water or shelter,” the American Humane Society said. This includes livestock.

The PETA Instagram page shows graphic videos of livestock and other animals being brutally tortured and mistreated for the benefit of human beings, such as lambs and chickens having their limbs cut off without anesthetics. It is not advised for sensitive viewers. 

Paying attention to the material of your clothing is extremely important. If clothing contains wool or alpaca fur, please do not purchase it, because it will go to companies who mass produce furs in cruel ways. This is a serious issue that must be solved. 

The only ways to prevent the mistreatment of animals is to contact the police, contact PETA (757-622-7382), join organizations such as ASPCA, HSUS, UPC, FARM, and many others. Another option is to switch to a vegan lifestyle to protest the mistreatment of livestock.

Although there are people who rescue animals and give them foster homes, there are not enough of these kind souls in the world. It is understandable for those who cannot afford to care for an animal, but there is no cost to rescue an animal and take it to the Humane Society or a vet. Do not take them to a shelter, because most shelters euthanize (kill) animals if they cannot house or take care of them. If you see an animal suffering, please take action. Anyone can change an animal’s life. Anyone can turn the tables.