It isn't a matter of comparing the bad that people and dogs are capable of, as both are capable of bad stuff.
The issue is whether or not a person should be severely punished (as in a felony or high misdemeanor with jail time) for negligently killing a dog.
Are we going to now start to compare dog road kill with a 'negligent homicide' when little 3 year old Jon runs into the road?
People FIRST. It isn't even a close call.
As for the Vick business, what he did was rather cold and calculating, clearly illegal in several regards, but not (except for the additional illegality not related to cruelty) worthy of destroying two years of a man's life and possibly his entire career (though that didn't happen in the end). The fate of humans is more important than the fate of a dog.
All of that said, we do need to do our utmost to prevent these types of incidents. Advertising, warnings, fines, possibly even 48 hours in jail. That's as far as I can see the punishment going.
When is the last time you've seen a parent punished by a court for forgetting the baby in the backseat?
Prosecutors usually don't prosecute the parents because the parents are punished enough and are stricken with grief and guilt.
There is no punishment greater than the death of a child.
Now....if you are referring to leaving a baby in a car in Las Vegas so the parents can gamble....that's a different story. That is a prosecutable offense.
I don't know where you get off putting words in my mouth.
Can you point out to me where I said a dog is worth more than a child?
I never have been able to understand liberals. They tend to twist things to fit their agenda.
This is a prime example.
I think the best thing to do is just put you on my ignore list.
Then I don't have to read your nonsensical posts.
My Mother was the best mother any child could wish for. I was never abused and really teetered on the spoiled side. But once...
Once when I was about 10, she left me in a car at a shopping center for 'a few minutes' and told me to NOT get out of the car. Well, it got VERY HOT in that car, even with the windows down. I'm not sure how long I was in there, but it seemed like a very long time. I was soaked in sweat and felt like I was in an oven. Finally she returned, and was shocked to see how hot I was. She asked me why I didn't get out of the car. Duh, because she told me not to!
Parents who cause the death of their children should be punished. Unfortunately, that's not the legal standard in this country. Heck, how many abortions do we have every year?
People who abuse and cause to suffer non-game animals should also be punished. Call it a double standard if you want, that's how I see it.
I live in Arizona. It gets very hot here. People who leave any living animal in a closed car, whether that be a dog/cat/rat/bird or human, and expect it to be alive when they return - have a chip loose.
We have animal cruelty laws on the books...that in some states carry fairly steep penalties. We also have human cruelty laws on the books - which come by definitions like murder/manslaughter/assault/etc.
I believe in punishing people who disregard those laws and general rules of society...I could care less whether someone's life is ruined by making poor decisions that affect or destroy the life of a person/animal who's care and well being were their responsibility.
In reference to the guy who left his dog in the car while he went to the waterpark. I'm sure his community is alot better off with him out of the picture (ie, In Jail) - as I'm sure he was a real "go getter".
Let's face it...some people are true losers and beyond help.
Heck, I'll eat the dog. Dog is a good meal. :hand10:Quote:
When the welfare of children in this country are given similar priority, I'll be willing to discuss punishment for negligent or malicious pet owners. Until then, I say make the guy eat the dog while reminding him of all the starving children in Africa who would be delighted at such a feast.
I place the value of human life far above that of any animal. I have three dogs. I am responsible for their care, and I meet that responsibility. Lots of people view animals as disposable, I don't. However, lots of people view children as disposable too.
We have dominion over the animals. At least that is how I view it. With that comes responsibility too. Sadly, many people do not measure up to the responsibility they have been entrusted with.
Just because you think of your dogs as humans, doesn't make them such.
I don't know of many places where you would not be arrested for drawing down on someone just because they did something to one of your dogs.
I have a habit of giving what I get. My Lab is lying in the floor as I type this. He's gone to ground for me more than once when he thought it was needed. I'll do the same for him. Not so much for the rest of you. If I had to pick between you and him y'all be fending for yourselves until he's secure.
The dog's owner needs to be in jail. Indifference toward the welfare of animals is morally wrong and a jailable offense. That was a despicable act of negligence on the owner's part. And this whole notion the welfare of any human is inherently more significant than the welfare of any animal is absurd and arrogant. The discretionary actions of humans determine their worth as human beings.