In my third and final essay I plan on writing about not only one but two or more possible policies that could be put into effect in order to bring an end to animal abuse. As to what the policies are at this moment I don’t know. They will be somewhere along the lines of punishment whether that be arrests or jail time for repeat offenders, I’m unsure. I plan on creating a survey to ask people their feelings about the topic and whether or not they agree with different branches of the issue. The last question on my survey will be what they think a policy
should be in order to stop animal cruelty and abuse. I am going to include this on my survey because I feel that this policy/proposal paper should be broadened to not only include my opinion but others as well. I feel like this is the most effective way to get the message across and include the most ideas that could really help the issue.
My writing process will include an outlining style. I will be using this process in order to organize all of the results and answers from the survey and just where in the essay I want to include them. It will also help me to organize the policies from a small to larger scale. In order to avoid repetition, I will, for the most part, only be focusing on the different policies and what exactly this policy will bring an end to rather than discussing each part of animal cruelty in depth like my last two papers. I feel like discussing the different types of animal abuse is not really needed in this paper rather than just to reference them to the policies. I will be using the Report Animal Cruelty page provided by the ASPCA in order to expand on certain policies and inform readers where they can go when in comes to reporting any animal abuse they may witness. I feel that this site may also come in handy when it comes to making or coming up with new policies.
The image above shows the close up of an elephant that has not yet had any of its tusks removed by poachers. The picture is accompanied by the quote “No one in the world needs an elephant tusk but an elephant”. This visual argument was created and published by Insight Timer. Insight Timer is an app that helps people meditate. The community that surrounds Insight Timer are people whose mission is peace and they have created groups on different forms of social media such as Facebook in order to get others to join them. With this being said, it is possible that there is some bias behind the posting of this picture. Since the communities mission is peace then it can be inferred that they would want peace when it comes to animals as well.
The intended audience for this image are the followers of the Insight Timer Facebook group and people who want to work to help protect animals. Even though this picture was created by Insight Timer and posted to their page, it has been shared 651,582 times. Each share of the picture allows more and more people who may or may not follow the Insight Timer page to see the picture. This spreads the word and the message behind the image with people all over the world. Another possible intended audience are people who believe that animals should not be killed just for things that are considered to be “wants” rather than “needs”. The difference being things that you can live without and things that are essential to life. An elephant tusk can be lived without as long as you are not the elephant. The elephant uses its tusks to defend themselves, attack others, dig, lift different objects , gather food and strip bark off of trees for them to eat and chew on (Britannica). Humans use elephant tusks for making things such as billiard balls and piano keys. They are also used for making statues and carvings from the ivory of the tusk.
The picture is showing a elephant that is walking through what appears to be its natural habitat of grassy plains. The presentation of this image represents an elephant that is both strong and powerful in many different ways. Even though this large and majestic animals looks beautiful and elegant, it also looks down at the ground which makes it seem as if the animal is upset. This image also represents what an elephant should look like. The elephant in the picture still rightfully has both of its tusks fully intact.
What this image does not show are all of the elephants who do not have their tusks. I feel that the image could have had a greater effect if the elephant was one who had been missing one of its tusks. This would make the image even more serious and would possibly make the quote more effective than it already is. The image also does not fully represent just how important tusks are to each individual elephant and how vital they are to the elephants survival. However, even without all of these things, the image is still one that draws attention.
The use of a black and white filter adds to the seriousness of this picture. It makes the elephant look older and as if it has been through a couple of fights in order to keep itself safe. The use of the black and white also allows the words on the picture to stand out and allows the reader to be drawn into the picture by first focusing on the words and then moving onto the elephant and then finally onto the background environment of the elephant.
I feel that this visual argument was created with simplicity but it also is a strong and powerful way of getting a message across to an audience. This image could be used for advertisements, logos, banners, and commercials all around the world in an effort to help bring about an end to animal cruelty.
There are a lot of articles out there about animal cruelty which can make comparing definitions and thoughts hard but certain sources end up coming down to a same idea or thought process. In Animal Cruelty and Domestic Violence by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the main topic of the article is that there is a correlation between the abuse of animals and domestic violence within a family. The article suggests that people who abuse animals are likely abusive toward people, usually family members, or vice versa. It also talked about how sometimes children start to abuse animals. The articles reasoning behind why children abuse animals was that the child was probably abused in the past or is currently being abused. According to the publisher of this article, animal abuse is a visible sign of a family that is in trouble. A statement that further connects domestic violence and animal cruelty.
In the next article, Animal Cruelty Facts and Statistics published by the Humane Society of the United States, I also found that they too believe that there is a correlation between domestic violence and animal cruelty. The Humane Society specifically stated that “cruelty to animals is strongly correlated with other crimes, including violence against people”. The article went on to expand on the idea that the idea could go deeper and be an emotional/psychological problem expressed by people. Animal Hoarding, when someone has an abnormally high number of pets without being able to properly take care of them, was said to be an indicator of people who need help socially or mentally.
The Humane Society of the United States continued to include more reasoning and statistics than the first article. Statistics such as animal abusers tending to be men under the age of 30 and animal hoarders mostly being women over the age of 60. Also instead of just talking about the idea that there is a correlation between the two ideas, the Humane Society article specified which types of animals are being victimized because of domestic issues, these animals include: dogs, cats, horses, and livestock. Although there was no specific counterargument obviously presented in the articles, I believe that the Humane Society article is a more well focused and more informed source when it comes to knowing about this topic. I feel that there absolutely could be a connection between animal cruelty and domestic violence within a household. I will definitely be looking deeper into the idea while I continue in my research.
Animal Hoarding is a form of animal cruelty because the owner fails to provide proper care for their animals leaving them neglected.