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Cruelty to Animals

Definition - What does Cruelty to Animals mean?

Cruelty to animals is a crime, and refers to the abuse or killing of animals when it is unnecessary. Necessary circumstances would include killing animals for food or putting a suffering animal out of its misery. An example of cruelty to animals would be dog fighting rings. There are many ways in which cruelty to animals can occur.

Justipedia explains Cruelty to Animals

Cruelty to animals is the maltreatment of animals. It could range from beating a dog, all the way to killing horses for sport. Those found guilty of cruelty to animals can be prosecuted by a court of law. Lengthy jail sentences can be applied if the cruelty is severe enough. Legal hunting is not classified as cruelty to animals; hunting seasons are regulated by the government. Note that the appropriate use of force as a training tool does not qualify as cruelty to animals.

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