Being an animal rights activist

I cannot be the only one who is more reactive to injured animals than people in movies, right? Advocating for animals is so important because they cannot do it for themselves. Having compassion as a young person is so important in becoming an open-minded, responsible adult.

More than two-thirds of American households own pets, and many people here at JJC actually bond over talking about their furry friends, which many treat as their kids. In my biology class, a classmate was eager to show me pictures of her chickens.

Talking about pets is an icebreaker, but their rights are a more difficult issue to discuss. According to a New Republic article titled “When the Law Recognizes Animals as People,” “Illinois is only the second state to adopt a law that would consider the well-being of animals in custody battles,” Alaska being the first.

Prior to this law, animals were considered to be property, and there are no laws preventing someone from treating their own property how they want to.

We are exposed to animal cruelty on social media almost all the time and it evokes feelings of rage and sadness, but what can we do about it?

Well, seeing is believing, and as much as it hurts us, it may be the best way to reach enough people.There have been efforts made to catch criminals who are seen assaulting animals.

One of the most well-known examples of this can be seen in Netflix’s recent docuseries “Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer.” This true crime story follows the story of two internet sleuths who were dedicated to finding a man who posted videos online of him killing kittens.

The abuser went on to become a murderer and was later caught. But cases like this prove that social media can help to service justice, rather than just spread injustice.

Be responsible pet owners, and teach others to respect all animals the way they would their own. Set a positive example for other pets and pet owners, and be sure to report any animal cruelty you encounter by calling the number 312-645-8090. You can also email the address a written explanation of the incident, or provide photographic evidence if you have any.