Animal abuse can be quite common, although the severity will differ depending on the individual. These people may abuse their own pets, torturing them, and making them scared. There are a variety of reasons for this.

caged dog, with sad face

First of all, people often have pets because it keeps them company, like a companion when they live alone, or just as a friend to have when no one is around. Common pets include cats and dogs, but can also be birds, mice, hamsters, bunnies, and so on. While many of these animals are domesticated and are fine with being in a confined space, such as a home or cage, what if the owner forces the animal into the cage for extended periods of time, or even outside in the extreme heat or cold, even depriving them of food and water. This is considered abuse. There are more extreme versions of abuse as well which include physical harm to animals, such as kicking, punching, throwing, or worse.

There is even an argument to be made about animals raised for human consumption, such as cows, pigs, and chickens, being abused in factories where they do not live a normal life in the outdoors, are tortured before and during their death, and are often still alive as they are skinned and decapitated. This too is abuse, and you may find that the same people who abuse their pets at home are the ones who do the same to animals that humans consume.

Chicken shop in India

What causes someone to torture and abuse an animal? What leads to this behavior that is so cruel and inhumane? When you really think about it, an animal does not think the way humans do and does not comprehend the things we are thinking. They can to a degree, but ultimately they have a different form of communication as their brains and bodies are different from us. Due to the food system where people have eaten animals and viewed them as inferior life forms, this too has been brought over into domestic pets that people have. Humans think that they are superior to animals in every way possible. However, are humans really that superior? They simply do not understand animals and their unique way of life, and thus what they don’t understand makes them think that they are better.

Due to the mindset of superiority, people abuse animals because they look at them as defenseless, like they can’t do anything, cannot hide, and cannot talk. The people who torture animals often have a mental illness, often a narcissistic personality where they think they are superior to everyone and everything around them, and/or problems with self-worth and self-esteem.

man with a baseball bat punishes a dog

Those who torture animals, who feel as though they are superior to them, often feel inferior at their job, at school, and in life. They may feel like a failure and have extreme self-doubt and self-esteem problems as a result of their childhood. Because of how low they feel, in order to make them feel good about themselves and boost their self-worth and esteem, they prey on helpless and innocent animals where they feel inferior in every way. As they are abusing them, they feel a sense of happiness as it boosts their self-worth and makes them feel valuable. This is a very negative way of dealing with the problems, but it often works for them. But, at the end of the day, it does not work as they still have to go back to school or the job that they feel bad at. They have not addressed the real problems, and thus will continuously repeat the problems.

The remedy for animal abuse is for the person to get help and focus on their self-esteem, and the reasons they feel so low. That may not always be the problem, it could be due to a narcissistic personality, and maybe they don’t care about the animals feelings and are doing it because it’s fun. But, this is still a problem and the root cause of this behavior needs to be addressed. Abusing an animal is never the right thing to do. If we were in their shoes and being abused, we would not like it either. So, be kind to your animal friends and respect them as if they were your fellow humans.

Let me know how this works for you. Have a great day!

Additional Info

I always liked cats, but wasn’t really a dog person. When I was younger, I wasn’t always kind to them, but have since realized it was my own mental health problems at the time that was causing my inability to care. Since then, I have learned to love all sorts of animals. While I prefer to not own any, I enjoy looking outside and seeing the birds, squirrels, and bunnies playing around.


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