Animal cruelty is the unwarranted injury or neglect of animals. Passive cruelty involves acts of neglect, such as lack of medical care, shelter, food, or water. When this form of cruelty is due to the owner’s ignorance, it can be corrected through education. Active cruelty is more deliberate, carried out with the intention to “hurt” an animal. Cruelty toward animals is bad news for humans, too. One study found that 70% of animal abusers had committed other crimes, and 44% went on to harm people. Companion animals (such as dogs and cats) are the most regular victims of active cruelty. While animal suffering may be unavoidable at times, the exploitation of these creatures can be prevented.