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cruelty to animals

n. the crime of inflicting physical pain, suffering or death on an animal, usually a tame one, beyond necessity for normal discipline. It can include neglect that is so monstrous (withholding food and water) that the animal has suffered, died or been put in imminent danger of death. (See: cruelty)

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They also cottoned on to being cruel to animals, which Hale and Pace had the sense to give up long ago.
I have been branded as being cruel to animals when all I wanted to do was help.
He said he had two cheeky little brats of his own at home and that he could never understand why anyone would be cruel to animals.
If you are going to get complaints, it's generally about being cruel to animals or blasphemous - so we may get a few with the Christmas show.
An RSPCA inspector today thanked Coventry magistrates for backing efforts to stop people being cruel to animals.
Some people hate it because it is cruel to animals.
Pat, 53, a cleaning contract manager, and Mike, also 53, a retired RAF gunner, were accused by Carol Betteridge-Orman of being noisy and cruel to animals.
And, in the USA, serial killers like Jeffery Dahmer and Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo had both been cruel to animals as children.
BEING cruel to animals is not new to circus boss Dickie Chipperfield.
Research has shown that if a child is cruel to animals, it may be because serious neglect and abuse have been inflicted on the child.
The truth is that a lot of the food we eat is unhealthy, damaging to the environment, cruel to animals, and unfair to the workers it depends on.