There are many different reasons why individuals abuse animals. Animal cruelty covers a wide range of actions (or lack of action), so one blanket answer simply isn't possible. Eachtype of abuse has displayed certain patterns of behavior that we can use to help understand more about why people commit the crimes we encounter today.
Passive cruelty is typified bycases of neglect, where the crime is a lack of action rather than the action itself - however do not let the terminology fool you. Severe animal neglect can cause incredible pain and suffering to ananimal.
Examples of neglect are starvation, dehydration, parasite infestations, allowing a collar to grow into an animal's skin, inadequate shelter in extreme weather conditions, and failure to seekveterinary care when an animal needs medical attention.
Active cruelty implies malicious intent, where a person has deliberately and intentionally caused harm to an animal, and issometimes referred to as NAI (Non-Accidental Injury). Acts of intentional cruelty are often some of the most disturbing and should be considered signs of serious psychological problems. This type ofbehavior is often associated with sociopathic behavior and should be taken very seriously.
The Dangers of the Exotic Pet Industry
Exotic pets are often marketed in local pet shops and appear to be cuteand eccentric pets. Shop owners often avoid explaining the the downsides to owning these animals to customers, and the animals are instead sold as being docile and sweet creatures from exotic localesaround the world. In addition to the lack of information surrounding the proper care and treatment of these animals, the shop owners selling them will rarely give honest accounts of how the animalwas captured and transported. This is partially because many shop keepers are as unaware as the customers on how exotic animals are captured and brought to the United States.