Wednesday, August 31, 2005

things that turn a heart cold

the woman googles animal abuse after reading this blog entry Animal Cruelty in Singapore is considered no big deal and finds the following:

Animal Abuse & Human Abuse: Partners in Crime
PETA People for Ethical Treatment of Animals

The PETA Media Center has this to say:

  • "Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives," wrote humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer.

  • Parents who neglect an animal's need for proper care or abuse animals may also abuse or neglect their own children. Some abusive adults who know better than to abuse a child in public have no such qualms about abusing an animal publicly.

  • Schools, parents, communities, and courts who shrug off animal abuse as a "minor" crime are ignoring a time bomb.

  • ... children should be taught to care for and respect animals in their own right. After extensive study of the links between animal abuse and human abuse, two experts concluded, "The evolution of a more gentle and benign relationship in human society might, thus, be enhanced by our promotion of a more positive and nurturing ethic between children and animals."

    if i were the judge for the cruelty case with the Alaskan Malamute, I would similarly fine him $3000 to cover my precious time spent in court on him. i would also have him donate $7000 to SPCA or Action for Singapore Dogs dedicated to efforts on uncovering other errant pet owners like him.

    a jail term would be largely punitive. i will give it to him anyway in hopes of deterring other morons cut from the same mold. but for the sake of his future pets and his family, i would make him undergo psychiatric evaluation, get some empathy training and do community service with an animal hospital or organisation for a year. he will also not be allowed to have a pet unless certified human again by professional psychiatrist.
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