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Animal Cruelty
By Masha Aleskovski
Grade 12
El Cerrito HS
El Cerrito, CA

         Horse races are not sustainable because they hurt the animals involved. If a race horse gets injured, it is taken to a slaughter house, (a lot of animals are being killed in the slaughter house), and then is killed. I think this should be illegal. No living creature should go through such pain. ALL living things should be treated as living things, not JUST things.
         Sometimes, house animals, such as dogs, cats, fish, and parates, are treated poorly. Whether it is malnutrition or neglect, no animal desires to be treated like that. Fortunately, there are Animal Police and some other organizations that deal with animal abuse, but that is not enough. You can start by taking care of your own loved animals, getting help and calling Animal Police if you see mistreatment of animals, or even joining these organizations that help animals.
           This is a contravertial topic. You might think that "pets like being pets", but if you really think about it, pets, especially dogs and cats, are sort of treated like "slaves". They do not have much of a freedom.
           Our trash is often eaten by animals. When plastic is laying on the ground, birds or other animals might eat it or get tangled in it, sometimes causing death. I think that we should all make a little sacrifice and pick up garbage whenever we see it. The best way to avoid this problem is by not littering in the first place. I think that we should ALL do our duties to Earth, step out of our comfort (safe) zone, and pick up litter. We are just a small fraction of the world's living creatures' population. So let us, humans, not focus all our energy only on our own kind, but also save the planet. Afterall, Earth is our  Home. Without her, we would not be alive.