Animals Matter Too

By Meri, age 13, Georgia

Imagine being trapped in a box for most of your life. Imagine getting the scraps of your parents' dinner for your meal ... or maybe nothing at all. Imagine being invisible - nobody ever talks to you, or even looks at you. Worst of all, imagine being hit for no apparent reason.

Most people don't know the horrible reality of animal abuse. Whether it's animals being killed for someone's sick pleasure or animals trained to fight, it's all very serious and very wrong. Many people think that animal abuse only happens once every so often. The following statistics show how many animal abuse cases there have been in the United States each year:

2007: 703 cases (so far)
2006: 2,263 cases
2005: 1,958 cases
2004: 1,188 cases
2003: 866 cases
2002: 660 cases
2001: 487 cases
2000: 387 cases

Thousands of animals are abused every year, and yet it seems no one cares. Everyone I talked to cares so much about child abuse, but what about animals? Human or not, they have feelings and emotions.

Too many animals die in these abuse cases. If they do happen to live, most experience behavioral or mental problems. Some flinch when you go to pet them. Many are not able to trust any human ever again.

Some reasons why people abuse animals:

To control an animal
To retaliate against an animal
To retaliate against another person
To satisfy a prejudice against a species or breed
To express anger through an animal
To enhance one's own aggressiveness
To shock people for amusement
To displace hostility from a person to an animal
To perform sadistic acts

What's even more disturbing, some people just do it for their own pleasure.

If you are wondering how to help these poor innocent animals, here are some ways you can help:

1. Take care of the animals you have, and encourage others to do the same.
2. Make a donation to or another animal abuse website.
3. Volunteer / donate to a local rescue shelter.
4. Get involved with your local government.

... And most importantly, if you see animal abuse, please report it!!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
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- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
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- An airport anniversary: a true story
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