speciesism

pkBear with me a minute before deciding by the title of this post that it’s going to be a boring, pie-in-the sky rambling crazy animal piece. Ok, it may be all of those things, but now that I have your attention, consider this:

Recently, Gary Foster beat a kitten in Madison Co., Ky with a golf club, injuring the cat so badly that both of its front legs were broken. He was originally charged with felony torture, but got it amended down to misdemeanor animal cruelty. He was sentenced to pay a small fine and given no jail time.

Also, Stephanie Cooper dumped a puppy near the river in Franklin Co., Ky. She was seen by witnesses, reported and apprehended. The puppy was rescued. She just pled guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty and was sentenced to 200 hours of community service.

As can be seen above, the person neglecting the puppy got a much stiffer penalty that the person who broke the kitten’s legs. Although no fan of either defendant, I do find it a little strange that someone found guilty of neglect, however cruel, was given a stiffer sentence than someone who physically tortured an animal.

Can we conclude that dogs are given more worth in our society than cats? Or was the judge in the Madison County case simply out to lunch? Or both? You be the judge, but I think it’s an interesting question to ponder.

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37-year-old working mom in KY
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