While most of us recognize the sick nature of animal abuse, it continues to amaze me that we do so little to protect animals from terrible abuses.
Many Care2 members agree, hence the brilliant success of a current petition on ThePetitionSite demanding the maximum penalty for men convicted of brutally killing a puppy.
Demanding maximum penalty appeals to me. Just thinking that someone capable of a crime like this could still live free, right next to my children, gets me riled up. But yet, I do wonder if stronger punishments actually matter to people like this, or if throwing the criminals in jail only provides temporary protection until the prison term expires.
The United States now has the highest rate of incarceration of any technologically advanced country in the world except for the Soviet Union and South Africa. And, except for some extremely poor Caribbean, Latin American and African countries, we also have the highest violent-crime rate.
Should we not focus on creating a society that more completely values life? I know we’re notoriously bad at it; we don’t like to spend money on education or healthcare or any system that might help people grow into strong, moral, capable citizens from the beginning. We just like to punish people who turn out wrong, when it’s awfully late to change anything.
I’m curious to hear what Care2 members think. How do we stop abuse of other living creatures? Must it be through legal means, or are there better, perhaps nonpunitive measures our society can take to stop animal abuse before it starts?