As for the original topic.
And I'm not just saying this for people accused of dog fighting.
There is a difference between someone who actually gains pleasure and gratification from hurting a child - and there are those who get the same from hurting animals. Have you ever seen the 'crush' videos? Where they slowly, agonizingly crush small animals, puppies, kittens, rabbits etc. to death? Usually wearing severe high-heels - I got to see a Pit puppy have his little eyes gouged out with a heel for someone to get off sexually. The people who watch and get off to that - HECK no would I have them working with animals!! They belong in jail or a psych ward.
But someone who has hurt animals for whatever reason and not because they enjoyed it particularly - half of the little punks around the neighborhood don't seem to think dogs can even feel. Of course they don't care if their dog gets hurt, or about beating their dog for chewing a shoe. I think having them work with and learn about animals under supervision could help.
Or someone who neglects animals - puts a dog out back and forgets the small collar on her neck and tosses food out not paying attention. They just don't care - they don't care for their dog like they would a person because they don't see it as a thinking, feeling thing. And maybe having to see what thinking, feeling humans do to dogs and having to help these creatures would change someone's heart.
My granddad shot squirrels from his window because they made him mad by eating his pecans. Pointless, because there were enough pecans in that tree to feed a small country.
My own mom, raised by him, cooked crabs alive - it's how just about everyone does it. No remorse, no feelings for that little living thing. Just cover the pot and hear them scratch for a minute or so and then they're just dinner. She has done this all her life - I showed her how much compassion
I had, and told her numerous times they DO feel it, and it hit home. She does not cook them like that anymore.
Or how about the slaughterhouse workers? Do you think they could never regret what they've done?
I put so much time, love, and care (and cash too) into an old Pit Bull who was neglected by his owners while he was still under their care, THEY started to care for him more because they saw how much he meant to someone, and that he was actually worth something more than money. He was worth love and care - sure, not the average outcome, but it happens.
OR animal hoarders, who have dead and dying animals all over because it got out of hand, but they love them to death. Still technically abuse and neglect. They need help, not punishment.
Nothing angers me more, I've gone to extremes to save animals, namely dogs, from bad situations. One of the only times I have and will become violent is if you hurt an animal in front of me - I've marched my 5'2 self into a group of men (for lack of a better word) and taken a puppy from their hands while daring them to stop me because they were hanging him by a choke chain and taking turns hitting and kicking him 'to make him tough'.
And while I'd just as soon do the same to them, if they showed remorse and I could have made them understand how wrong they were, maybe even turned them around, I would rather do that. There is no better punishment that understanding and remorse.
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