The Issues

Animals Are Not Ours to Abuse in Any Way

Cruelty to Companions Cruelty to Companions

Every year, millions of dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and other animals are euthanised because they were born into a world that does not have enough homes for them. For every companion animal who lives indoors with a human family and receives the attention, health care and emotional support that he or she needs, there are thousands just barely surviving. Millions of domestic animals never know a kind human touch and live hard lives on the street before dying equally hard deaths.

Others suffer at the hands of unfit guardians who deprive them of veterinary care and other basic necessities. Social birds are left alone in tiny, barren cages for years as decorations; rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters are kept in filthy cages and are only paraded around as a source of entertainment now and then; cats are left outside, often becoming the victims of cruel people; and some dogs are beaten, abused and treated like punching bags by humans who act as their guardians.

Every animal deserves a chance to thrive in a responsible and permanent home. Sadly, breeders, pet stores and people who fail to sterilise their companion animals have created a tremendous overpopulation problem that forces animal shelters to put millions of dogs and cats to death every year.