Most people today just worry about themselves or if they get paid to do something good, they do not do it out of their hearts. However, there is a small percentage of people that still care about others and society today. These amazing people are known as activists. However, I like to call them heroes. Teen activists are people who believe in themselves to bring a positive change to the world. They are believers, they care, and they are brave. They are the people who would stand up for something they believe in.
For example, one teen activist and also one of the most famous would be Malala Yousafazi. A simple task such as walking to the mosque on the old beaten streets of Mingora, Pakistan she would see innocent girls being beaten, raped, and buckets of acid being thrown into their faces because they wouldn’t cover their face in public as part of the Taliban’s rules. She wanted to go to school but girls were not allowed to go to school because the Taliban thought that girls were only supposed to stay home moms that cook and clean. When she boarded the bus full of boys, someone on the bus shot her in the head. The bus driver quickly called the ambulance and thankfully she survived and is now 22 years old. Because of her courage and bravery, she won the Nobel Peace Prize. But being an activist is not about winning money and being famous it is more about what you did. Animal cruelty is another example of a problem in society and that is also what will be discussed.
Activism is when a person sees a problem in society and tries to put a change to it. These people are known as activists. There are many problems in society today, but the one I am going to be talking about is known as Animal Cruelty and one of the activists against animal cruelty is Faye Carey.
Faye Carey is an 18-year-old teen activist. She lives in Waikato, New Zealand. She spends every Friday at the animal control, she has rehomed and saved more than 60 dogs. She started these acts of kindness when she felt bad for a puppy at the pound and desperately wanted to give it a home. She has even created her own pet adoption service called Animal Re-Home Waikato.
She has been working since 2013 to make a difference in the world. She was 16 when she created her own Facebook page to help dogs and cats. While most teenage girls are busy doing their nails and putting stickers on the Hydro Flask’s, she does this and she is very passionate about it, “It can be stressful trying to juggle because we have animals at home and schoolwork and chores and everything else. But I think it’s easy for me to do my work because I’m quite dedicated to the puppies and dogs.” she says (Animal Rights,2018)
Another example of animal cruelty would be Dogfighting. Dogfighting is a type of blood sport in which dogs are forced to fight one another. These dogs are raised on metal chains in isolation. They are also given steroids and drugs to enhance muscle mass and aggressiveness. This dreadful act is a felony in all 50 states, but people organize these terrible events in alleyways and sometimes even in specially made stadiums.
Dogfighting dates back to the 1750s. The Dog of choice in America is the Pit Bull Terrier. These dogs are chosen because they are very loyal and will do anything to please their owners. When the dogs fight both may suffer from injuries such as puncture wounds, lacerations, blood loss, and broken bones. However, it is legal in Japan and parts of Russia. If you hate this monstrous act, just remember that April 8th is National Dog Fighting Awareness Day.
Dogs that fight are easy to recognize because they have cropped ears and their tails are docked close to their bodies. This is done so the other dog cannot grab any loose body parts of their opponents. Owners do this with crude and inhumane techniques. If a dog loses it is either executed, abandoned, or left with injuries untreated. Normally fights do not go to the death but if one of the owners bets and the other one accepts the challenge then the dogs will fight to the death. Illegal gambling is also common at dogfights with bets of thousands of dollars at stake. Bringing someone who is younger than 18 to a dogfight is also a felony in all 50 states. Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was convicted on federal charges related to dogfighting in 2007.
Animal testing is something companies do when they are making a new product they test these products on animals in specially made laboratories to see if they put the right amount of this chemical or that chemical. Some of the more recognizable brands that use animal testing are Old Spice, Dove, Vaseline, Victorias Secret, Clorox, ChapStick, and Febreze
Animal testing is when a living animal is forced to undergo something that will cause them pain, suffering, distress, or even death. Over 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and killed in US labs every year. Some tests may even involve killing pregnant animals and testing their fetuses.
Several cosmetic tests are commonly performed on mice, rats, rabbits, and guinea pigs. These tests include skin and eye irritation tests where chemicals are rubbed or dripped in their eyes without painkillers or any other pain relief. US law allows animals to be burned, shocked, poisoned, isolated, starved, drowned, addicted to drugs, and brain-damaged.
There are many effects. For example, tiny mice may grow tumors as big as their own bodies and kittens may be purposely blinded. While some tests on animals are required by the law, it is not allowed in the European Union, Israel, India, New Zealand, and Norway. Some ways you can help is by asking your school board to stop lessons on animals and to stop allowing science teachers to dissect animals in class. Animal testing may be a very sad thing however it is legal and sometimes the tests have to be done on animals for the product to be sold. Another way you can help is you can stop buying products such as makeup and face wash these are mostly tested on animals because they have chemicals in them. Mostly women’s products are tested on animals. Some products that are tested on animals are Windex, Post-It Notes, Mars Candy, Band-Aids, Kleenex, Iams Pet Food, and Vaseline. (businessinsurance.org. Writer 2019).
There are many problems in society, but personally, I think that Animal Cruelty is one of the saddest things today. The types of Animal Cruelty I have talked about today were Dogfighting and Animal Testing but I will give you one more example. Some countries that are the cruelest would be Netherlands, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Venezuela, Spain, and China.
My last example of animal cruelty would be Animal Neglect this is when a dog, cat, or any animal is not given food or proper shelter. This is a problem because the animal may grow to be very very aggressive. This is also a problem because all living things need food, water, and shelter to survive “California’s main animal cruelty law makes it a crime to mistreat animals in various ways, including: maliciously and intentionally maiming, mutilating, torturing, wounding, or killing an animal, and. not giving an animal proper food, drink, shelter, or protection from the weather.” (www.lawyers.com. Gjelten, 2019). This is a very sad problem in society there may be a lot, but this is one of the saddest in my opinion. Some ways you can help are by going outside and protesting, donating at aspca.org and other anti-animal cruelty organizations. Another way you can help is by telling your science teachers to stop buying animals to dissect in class. You can also help by reporting something if you think something is off. If think you have seen a dog involved in dogfighting just remember that their tails are docked close to their bodies and their ears are cropped they probably will have many scars and cuts too. Animal Cruelty is a big problem in society just remember that you are a hero if you help if we all come together we can take over this sad problem.