Animal Cruelty Prevention Month

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By Jordan McMillan

April signifies Animal abuse/cruelty prevention month. Animal abuse happens daily all over the world. In the U.S., New Mexico remains in the top 10 states that are the worst at keeping animals safe.

Anyone can abuse an animal, but these are the common type of people who abuse animals. They would be people who commit crimes towards other people, hoarding behaviors, furthermore people who don’t care for animals. The several common animals that will receive abuse are cats, dogs, horses, or livestock.

Here are just a few ways people torture animals.

  • Cockfighting pits.
  • Giving them no food or water
  • Not giving them a warm or comfortable place to sleep.
  • Kicking them, throwing them, or hitting them.

Did you know that there is a high correlation with domestic violence?

70 million dogs and 74.1 million cats are in the U.S. as pets. In 71% of the crimes categorized as domestic violence, animals were involved. 470 different animals are abused at the hands of humans who are mindless and don’t really realize how they are hurting the animal. Another surprising statistic is you need over 18 foxes just to make a single fur coat. And over 55 minks are used to make a mink coat.



If you detect something suspicious or you assume someone might be abusing an animal there are common signs to watch out for.

  • Does the animal(s) have access to clean water or sufficient food? If you aren’t sure you can ask the owners where they keep the food and water.
  • Do any of the animals act in a manner that makes them seem to hurt, or have open wounds that haven’t been treated?
  • Do the animal areas seem considerably clean? Is there is anything that shouldn’t be in a humans area that there is in an animals area?
  • Are any of them showing signs of serious diseases that need to be treated? Foaming, walking weird, etc.
  • Have you heard noises, such as kicking, screaming, whining or screeching?
  • Ultimately, do the animals seem aggressive or timid?

If you have noticed or seen these signs in anyone’s house or public you can call Animal Protection of New Mexico. Animal Cruelty hotline is 1-877-5-HUMANE (1-877-548-6263).

Many animals are not given enough food or they are beaten, but that is because their owners only know how to act that way. People abuse animals because that was the only way they were treated but that’s the only way they know how to live.