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Q: What should be done with people who harm animals?

February 9, 2009 | By Kim M. | 18 answers | Expired: 2045 days ago

Kim M.

There have been a number of very disturbing reports of animal cruelty recently. What do you think should be done to/with individuals who commit these crimes? I'm an anthropologist studying this problem, and Id appreciate your candid comments!

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Mardel R.
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Feb 16, 2009

I have talked on this before. I think the punishment should fit the crime. How about having the criminals cleaning up after horses and cows. And have them donate money the rest of their lives,after they have a job

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Terri t.
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Feb 15, 2009

First, I feel that children at a very young age should be taught to respect animals. They need to know that animals are living, feeling beings and not toys from the shelf. I see parents every week that just let their young children squeeze, pull, or otherwise play too rough with pets. If the parents don't respect, how can we expect the children to. That said... if people grow up respecting animals, much, but not all the abuse will go away. The ones that are left should have stiff penalties after one warning. Many times a slap on the wallet goes farther than a slap on the wrist. Jail time is also an option, but maybe a sentence working in a shelter (under supervision) would be better

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Austin P.
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Feb 14, 2009

There's a connection between harming animals and harming people. Although I love animals, humans are more important. I say, lock up animal abusers to prevent both animal and human violence.

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Edie Jo N.
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Feb 13, 2009

I think the punishment should be harsh. Not a slap on the wrist.

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Dennis S.
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Feb 11, 2009

I think that the punishment should have a relationship to the age of the offender. Adults, should recieve jail time, a hefty fine and community service. It should be a felony and the jail time to increase with further offenses. Younger offenders should recieve a very hefty period of community service including working with an animal control to gain a better understanding of just what the cruelty means and counseling to include the parents as often such behavior is a learned experience. Any additional offense to include incarceration in a juvenile facilty.

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Megan B.
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Feb 10, 2009

I think that one of the problems with asking for harsher punishments for animal neglect/abuse/cruelty is that in some states, the punishments for human neglect/abuse/cruelty are so low. Current drug laws put such stress on the prison system that people who actually commit very violent crimes (that are often "gateway" crimes- like animal abuse, which is positively correlated with future violence against humans) get out early or don't get put into jail at all. My 11 month old cousin was shaken to death and her murderer (manslaughter 2 in the eyes of the state of Missouri) served the 3 year minimum, despite being sentenced to 5 yrs. The court system/laws/prison system as a whole need to be revised to solve lots of problems, including that of animal abuse/neglect, in my opinion.

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George P.
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Feb 10, 2009

I feel the same way any abuse to any animal should be considerated a felony. I know here in Pennslyania it is a felony if the abuse is done to a zoo animal on the first offense, but it is only considered a felony on a cat or dog when it is the second offense. I know some of the states have it as a felony on the first offense. I am in the process of trying to find out what I need to do or can do to get the laws changed here. If any one has an helpful input I would appriciate it

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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
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Feb 10, 2009

Prosecution. Felony! Enough. Animals are like children, innocent and depend on humans.

And I know this will bring controversy...put the animal abusers on the "milk containers." They are predators. Their should be a web site, as with child molesters, where one can find out who they are and where they live. So many get off scot-free or with a "slap on the wrist." I want to know who they are. I have pets!!! And they should be displayed for what the do and did.

And definitely, psychological testing. How many are sociopaths, psychopaths. A fine and dangerous line there.

I posted a photos here of M. Vick. I was going to post a photo of one of his living pit bulls but I felt it was too graphic.

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SANDY H.
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Feb 10, 2009

DO UNTO OTHERS...........WHATEVER THEY DID TO THE ANIMAL SHOULD BE DONE TO THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Diane L.
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Feb 10, 2009

I think they should be sentenced to the same kind of treatment they gave to their animals.

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