The number of fur-bearing animals that are killed each year by trappers in the United States.
Cases of animal abuse are constantly in the news. There is an endless list of cases which should be brought to the attention of all people, but here are a few that are currently under investigation.
Dog Fighting: Something everyone's heard about. There are many cases of dog fights, a recent one being in Montgomery. Two men were arrested for charges of a dog-fighting operation and police confiscated 39 pit bulls from their house.
Giulermo Habacuc Vargos: A fifty year old artist had to kids catch a stray dog, which he then turned into an exhibit. The piece of "art" was the dog tied to an extremely short leash just out of reach of food and water. The point of the art was to see the dogs emotion as it starved. However, the dog died during this exhibit and Vargos won an award, and is now being asked to repeat the scenario. He claims the dog wouldn't eat since it was so sick and "would've died anyway." His story has changed several times so the exact case of abuse is still unclear. "There’s reason to believe that this may have been a stunt, and that some parts of this story were actually fabricated for the sake of publicity" (Peta).
Pet Abuse: In South Kingstown, RI a 43 year old man and 17 year old boy were arrested for killing the boys 6 month old pit bull. The pair was mad at the dog, tied it to a dumpster, unsuccessfully slit its throat with a dull knife, then struck the puppy in the head with a pickaxe a dozen times. They then dragged the dog into the woods and buried it at Pleasent Street Baptist Church.
Seal Hunting: Every year at least 354,344 seals are clubbed to death in Canada. During the off-season fishermen kill the seals to use for fur (fashion garments), seal oil, and their penises whic are sold in Asian markets as an aphrodisiac.
Tiny Poplar, Wisconsin: At a middle school in this town a science teacher encouraged students to shoo t animals and share their kill stories. If they the ate the animal they would be allowed to put the pictures of it on their classroom bulletin board. No one in the school disagreed with this, it was local community members who spoke up.
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