Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse, animal neglect or animal cruelty, is the infliction by omission (animal neglect) or by commission by humans of suffering or harm upon any non-human animal, regardless of whether the act is against the law. More narrowly, it can be the causing of harm or suffering for specific achievement, such as killing animals for food or for their fur; opinions differ about the extent of cruelty associated with a given method of slaughter. (reference: Wikipedia)
Animal cruelty comes in several forms, with the most common forms of animal cruelty in the United States listed below:
The animals whose abuse is most often reported are dogs, cats, horses, and livestock. The average number of animal abuse / cruelty cases reported in the media each year totals 1,920.