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What is animal cruelty? Animal cruelty generally falls into two categories: neglect, or intentional cruelty. Neglect is the failure to provide adequate water, food, shelter, or necessary care. Examples of neglect include: starvation; dehydration; inadequate shelter; parasite infestations; failure to seek veterinary care when an animal is in need of medical attention; allowing a collar to grow into an animal's skin; confinement without adequate light, ventilation, space or in unsanitary conditions; and failure to trim hoofs or nails resulting in excessive growth (e.g. hoofs curling upwards). In some cases neglect is a result of the owner's ignorance, and can be rectified by law enforcement authorities, like the Ontario SPCA, educating the owner and issuing orders to improve the animal's living conditions. How to recognize animal cruelty: Look for these common signs of neglect or intentional cruelty witnessed by Ontario SPCA investigators: Wounds on the body. Severely overgrown nails (often curling under) or hooves (often curling upwards). Patches of missing hair. Extremely thin, starving animals with ribs or backbone protruding.
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  • Winter '15
  • Amir Alimohammad
  • Climate Change, Suffering, Cruelty to animals

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