Q: Why arn't people held more accountable for animal neglect and cruelty
January 25, 2009 | By Kim | 14 answers | Expired: 2084 days ago
I don't understand why the people who neglect and are cruel to their animals are not held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent...It seems like all you see is fines being given and no real punishment.
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Jan 25, 2009
If I am correct, animal abuse laws, fines, prison, is determined state by state. There is no federal law, although some are in the works.
It is so ingrained in society to think animals have no feelings, rights. That they are not human, and so, VERY inferior. That said, it was not that long ago that it was thought that children had no awareness, deep feelings.
I remember when I was taking philosophy. It was taught that Descartes changed all for animals, eons ago. That animals could not feel anything...pain too.
Then again, animals depend on us. At our "mercy" if you will. So many take advantage of this.
We have made significant gains in the past few years, esp. 2008. But a long way to go. The momentum is there now. But there will always be evil and sick people, no matter what.
Just today, I was thinking that every animal abuser should be mandated to have psychological testing. For, so many have major problems in other areas and are a real threat to society.
To me it is just common sense that any living being feels: emotions, pain...and more. I am reading some books now to more understand how the animal welfare/rights movement has evolved. And every summer in Washington, DC, there is a week-long conference, "Taking Action for Animals." Informative, educational and how one can help to change things for animals, in many areas.
I know, unbelievable how some think and the horrors they do.
Good question. Thank you.
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