Bullying is a problem that affects millions of students. But bullies don’t always reserve their bullying entirely for other kids—often, animals are victims as well.
Animals feel pain and fear like we do, but they are often helpless victims because they can’t say what happened to them. In fact, some people choose to abuse animals instead of people for this very reason! If we wish to create a humane society, we must stop cruelty against those who are most vulnerable-like animals.
If you see an animal being hurt, remember that you can help speak up for that animal. Depending on the situation, there are different ways you can help.
Get an adult. Find help from someone like your mom, dad, teacher, or trusted neighbor. Tell them what you saw and together, find help.
Call for help: If you witness animal abuse, have your parent or guardian call 911 because it is an emergency. If you notice an animal not being cared for properly, your parent or guardian should call animal control.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you get the chance to care for or come in contact with animals:
- Never hit animals.
- Show that you value animals’ lives by being patient with them, making sure that they all wear an ID tag, spaying or neutering them to prevent unwanted litters, giving them plenty of clean water, and providing regular veterinary care.
- Include your animals in your life. Allow your dog/cat to live inside with the family, and spend time with your animal companions daily, brushing them, playing with them, and walking them.
- Avoid statements that demean animals—even those made in jest—such as “I hate cats” or “Chickens are stupid.”
People who abuse animals are more likely to hurt other people. This is why it’s so important to report animal abuse. Not only will you help the animal, but you will help your community be a safer place for everyone.