Mistreatment: n. behaving badly and/or wrongly towards a lifeform(s)
You can mistreat a human but the word is commonly used when communicating about the mistreatment of animals, plants, and wilderness in general.
Starvation and general abuse of animals is very bad but using ridicule, put downs, harsh criticism, name calling, and insults are all forms of human mistreatment which are almost as bad.
Physical mistreatment of injured veterans, the handicapped, and the elderly is a perennial problem which should be addressed and corrected whenever possible.
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