The world is a dangerous place, according to a new report.
The report by the Animals Protection Foundation, which surveyed more than 1,200 animal shelters and rescue groups across Australia, found the country has one of the world’s highest animal cruelty rates.
Its data, published today, showed more than three-quarters of Australia’s animal shelters have experienced animal cruelty in the past 12 months, with an average of 10 incidents a day.
In the past year, the number of incidents reported to the shelter’s management has increased by more than 200 per cent, with some shelter managers saying they are having to call in more staff.
The number of animal abuse cases rose from 4,939 in 2016 to 8,547 in 2017, the report said.
“We’re seeing an increase in animal cruelty cases across Australia,” Dr Amanda Young, director of the Animals protection Foundation, said.
She said most of the victims are young children.
“They’re often abused, and their bodies are damaged, and it’s an abuse that will be permanent,” she said.
The organisation has warned that Australia’s pet industry could face a serious decline as a result of the rising numbers of incidents.
“In a country that has so many beautiful animals, many of them are suffering the consequences of this type of abuse,” Dr Young said.
“It’s heartbreaking to see how many animals are put down and killed for no reason at all.”
The most common types of cruelty the charity reported included:Animal neglect, such as not washing their paws or bowls, neglecting to clean the cages properly, not giving adequate food or water, failing to provide adequate veterinary care or medical attention, or failing to prevent injury to animals.
The most prevalent causes of animal cruelty were physical injury, neglect, and neglect of animals.
Dr Young said the shelter sector could be particularly vulnerable.
“The shelters that are doing the best are those that are dealing with the worst situations,” she told ABC Radio Canberra.
“There are a lot of issues in shelters that aren’t necessarily going to be addressed.”
If there’s one thing we can learn from the animal shelters, it’s not to make excuses and just go in with the attitude that you’ll do everything in your power to keep them safe.
“In 2017, there were 2,814 incidents of animal neglect, with 3,096 incidents of neglect of an animal, including a dog.
Animal cruelty has also been reported to shelters and carers across Australia in 2017.
A similar number of dogs were reported to be mistreated, with 1,922 incidents of abuse.
The Australian Humane Society says the number and seriousness of animal violence and abuse has gone up since 2016, when the previous report was conducted.
It said a range of factors including a decline in the numbers of shelter animals and a decrease in the number who sought to be adopted have led to an increase.”
For example, the shelter population has decreased significantly in recent years and it has meant fewer animals are being adopted,” the society said.
It says the current shelter population is just over 8500, while the shelter industry is expected to increase by a further 8,500 by 2023.
Dr Young says the shelter and animal industry needs to continue to work together to tackle animal cruelty.”
I think it’s important that people recognise that the system that we’re operating in is unsustainable, and that the way that we operate is unsustainable as well,” she says.
Topics:human-interest,animal-welfare,community-and-society,human-rights,animal,animal-,crime,animalcare,animalia,act,australiaFirst posted March 05, 2019 16:17:50Contact Melanie LeeMore stories from Northern Territory