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PETA Tells City That Took a Stand Against Bullying, ‘Don’t Forget Dogs!’

Written by Michelle Kretzer | May 14, 2014

Dogs give us their all. In return, they deserve to be protected from bullying.

Carson, California, is about to pass landmark legislation that would make bullying anyone 25 years old or younger a crime in the city. The ordinance is a welcome step, but PETA believes that one long-bullied group shouldn’t be left out: dogs.

We have written to Carson Mayor Jim Dear urging him to work with the City Council to add bullied dogs to those vulnerable beings protected by the ordinance before the final vote on May 20. In our letter, we point out that screaming at them and jerking on choke and prong collars are just two ways that dogs are routinely bullied.

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We also note that the FBI and other law-enforcement agencies that profile suspects recognize the well-established link between animal abusers and those who direct their violence against fellow human beings. PETA and TeachKind, our education division, routinely work to combat bullying in schools and to show that the mistreatment of animals can lead to harm against fellow humans and should be taken seriously.

Animals and children are both hurt by bullying, and both need our protection. PETA offers advice on what to do if you see someone bullying an animal.

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  • e r says:

    This is really important that except bully children also bully animals is so wrong, they don’t do anything wrong if people treath them wright, please let this stop!

  • Jerking on choke chains is pretty tame compared to the abuse and even degradation I’ve heard of taking place all over the world, and on a daily basis. I won’t make a list, but you can use your imagination. If you can’t imagine it, it probably HAS happened and will continue. If you think it is unthinkable, someone HAS thought of it and already done it.

    The problem is growing more widespread and more inhumane. These bullying incidents and abuses often lead to the death of an animal. Many times the animal belongs to a loving family who isn’t keeping a close enough eye on their pet. And by close enough I mean as close as if the animal was a child, a toddler. You cannot let it roam the fenced backyard for hours on end without checking visually every few minutes, or let it roam free in a “friendly” neighborhood. You can’t turn your back on the children “playing” with your pitbull. Children haven’t always developed an awareness of what is appropriate when playing with a dog or cat.

    Teenage boys often take the bully breeds’ power as a personal threat, then acting on feelings of insecurity by overcompensating at the defenseless animals’ expense, or even demise.

    It’s is a different world than it was 50 years ago when such horrible atrocities were rarely even heard of. Today you can find one or more crimes against animals of a bullying, abusive nature every single day in just about every state in the country. We need strong legislation to be passed to deal with it. This is where we can use the guidance of PETA and other such organizations. Most people don’t know where to start, but these organizations do, and those of us who care about our animals are counting on the to lead this society into a different era of safety for our animals where they will never be traumatized in such a way again.