In Whitnall’s Broadcast Journalism class, Nick Cimler and Mitchell Molbeck are currently working on a Public Service Announcement concerning animal abuse.
This class covers broadcasting news stories, written news stories, and live broadcasting. As a final exam project the students must make a Public Service Announcement about the topic of their choice.
Animals are abused not only in the United States but also everywhere around the world.
“In British Columbia, an animal is abused every day,” said Mitchell Molbeck. Nick and Mitch say that 63 percent of U.S. households have pets, and a large amount of those pets are abused. People abuse their pets due to high stress and insecurities. People view their pets as physically and mentally inferior to them, which in return makes them feel that it’s OK to take out anger on them.
Nick Cimler said, “It is inhumane to make an innocent animal suffer beatings and neglect.” Luckily, there are a few actions being taken to stop animal abuse.
Nick and Mitch say that there are several steps to reporting animal abuse. First, know who to call: if a neighbor or friend is abusing their animal report them for the animal’s sake. Second, get to know and look out for animals in need of help in neighborhoods.
If your going to report an animal abuse call your local animal police; the phone number can most likely be found online.
Some additional facts Nick and Mitch found interesting:
- 71% of domestic abuse victims abuse their pet, almost like bullying;
- 64% of animal abuses are dogs, 18% cats, and the rest are other numerous animals.
Nick and Mitch will convey in their documentary animal abuse is a problem that can easily be fixed. To fix it, people must be educated. Anyone can abuse their pet, so for the animal’s rights, if you see abuse, report it.