ANIMAL CRUELTY 3
question as to why the livestock cannot be left free. The sentiments of Silverware are similar to
those of the famous philosopher Leonardo da Vinci. In reality, da Vinci was disturbed by the
caging of birds and opposed the inhumane slaughter of animals. It is alleged that he used to
purchase some of the birds to free them (Tanner, 2013). Similarly, Silverchair is disturbed by the
pain and suffering endured by animals. The band proposes that individuals need to learn to
evolve and stop acting upon a hypocritical vision.
Another issue that the song highlights is the killing of animals for pleasure. Silverchair
argues that “eight billion killed for human pleasure” (Johns & Gillies, 1997). This proposition
corresponds with the statistics provided by the Animal Welfare Authority. There are several
cases where animals are being killed as a form of fun or leisure. For instance, animals that are
wounded during game hunting suffer considerable pain. Notably, more animals are undergoing
torture and neglect in the modern world than previously thought. Due to the laxity of the law, not
all cases are reported. As a consequence, it is possible that more non-human creatures are
involved in this system. Although the group uses monkey and apes in the song, data shows that
more than 70% of animals enduring cruelty are dogs. Even though they may not be killed for
consumption, dogs and cats are the immediate victims due to their close association with
humans. As Silverchair argues, the time has come for individuals to make crucial decisions and
save animals from cruelty.
Evidently, animal cruelty has a linkage with violence directed towards humans. In most
cases, individuals who tend torturing animals are also inclined to be aggressive to humans. Other
scholars argue that animal cruelty is related to various psychological disorders (Beirne, 2015).
Typically, the highest number of offenders is men. Additionally, those who are below thirty
years are likely to abuse animals intentionally. This status could have led to Silverchair using