10 Acts Of Animal Cruelty People Still Debate

Animal rights are accepted through much of western culture, but despite the advances we have made in the protection of animal species, a lot of countries still perform questionable practices on their animal friends. High profile celebrities, models, and entire organizations speak out against the cruel treatment of animals, and yet little has changed, sadly. The world desperately needs to change how they treat animals, otherwise we’re going to see more species on the endangered or extinction lists. Here are ten acts of animal cruelty that people still debate today.

Fur Trade

There is an estimated 40 to 50 million animals killed every single year for the Fur Trade, including dogs, rabbits, foxes, and more. A lot of protest has come about due to the fur trade, and yet animals are still being killed and kept in cages.

Animal Testing

A lot of people claim animal testing is necessary to further medical treatments for human beings. Unfortunately, there are an estimated 50 to 100 million animals used worldwide for the testing of products, some of which is just makeup.

Whale Slaughter

Every year, hundreds or thousands of small whales and dolphins are slaughtered for their skins and oils. Japan is the biggest offender, though they recently changed their law to continue this act, despite worldwide protest.

Seal Clubbing

Seal hunting and clubbing has long garnered attention, as the young pups are being slaughtered. In Canada in 2006, for example, 365,000 harp seals were killed. They do have a law forbidding the slaughter of these animals until they have begun molting.


A lot of animals are used every single year for medicine. China is the biggest problem, as they hunt endangered animals, including tigers, leopards, sharks, rhinoceros, tortoises, and more for various traditional medicines.


There are currently 140 billion animals being killed for human consumption every single year. The UK alone consumes around 2.5 billion. Fish and other wildlife are going extinct due to their slaughter.


A lot of people spend their time at the track betting on racing dogs and horses. These animals are treated unfairly and generally kept in bad conditions. When it comes to hunting, around 250 are killed every single year in the US alone.

Pedigree Breeding

Pedigree Breeding has attracted attention lately, as it is considered cruel and unfair to the animal. Pugs are the biggest issue, as they have been bred to the point where they have breathing issues just so someone can have a cute pet.


Zoos have higher standards these days, but for the longest time they were viewed as dangerous and unsatisfactory for the animals kept in habitats. A giraffe was in the news recently after it was slaughtered and fed to animals in front of patrons.

Film Industry

Despite bringing entertainment to the masses, animals used within movies and television are often thrown into dangerous and harmful situations. Treatment of animals during production was horrifying for the longest time, but is getting better.