THe punishment should fit the crime
There have been quite a few comments here where folks have said something along the lines that we punish people because we are mad at them, not because they did something wrong.
Originally Posted by Patti
In this case, something wrong was done, we are rightly mad at the guy as well.
He might indeed be a budding serial killer.
None which raises the crime (in my opinion) beyond the seriousness level of a misdemeanor.
Will we make it a crime to fish? What about
whacking a snake with a rake? Anyone here ever feed mice to a snake? They are mammals not different in basic structure from a cat? Ever trapped a rat? Ever burned moles out of the ground? All mammals that feel pain the same way a cat would? Are we going to criminalize these activities? How about a man who knowingly works his horses too hard? Will we criminalize that? Our "shelters" I'm told put dogs in boxes and evacuate the air, suffocating them to death. Are we going to criminalize common animal control practices?
The crimes I see here that should be focused on are property crimes if the animals were stolen.
Animal cruelty laws are relatively new in our society. They are needed. But as many other laws passed when emotions run high, there is sometimes an element of overkill. We shouldn't be putting animals above people.
It isn't uncommon around here for ranchers to shoot strays, for farmers to neglect their animals if not outright starve them. Sometimes the former is fully justified, as might be the poisoning of stray cats that can't be caught but are a nighttime nuisance. We don't need to have to look over our shoulders when acting in good faith.
Animals aren't people and they don't deserve, nor were they endowed with, the full range of human rights. (And for the religious here, I am quite certain that scripture states clearly that man has dominion over the animals, not that I think this is a good excuse for some of our human activities.)