By Dominick Mezzapesa - Wildlife Planet News
Animal abuse has become an increasingly concerning issue, but in the eyes of the law animal abuse amounts to nothing more than purposely breaking a neighbor's flower pot.
Animal abuse is simply ignored by authorities because they know under the law, these sick individuals will be charged at most with a low level misdemeanor and even if they are convicted, the most they will ever receive is a fine and in the worst cases, probation.
For example, a New Jersey woman who starved her dog, stuffed him into a trash bag, dumped him into a garbage disposal, and left him to die only received a $2,000 fine and 18 months probation for her crime.
In another case we reported on Wildlife Planet, a YouTube video showed some demented workers viciously kicking, and stomping on, some dairy cows on an Idaho dairy farm. The video went viral and the public outrage was clearly evident and what punishment did they receive? a $500 fine.
In the worst of the worst for 2015
A Texas veterinarian named Kristen Lindsey, killed a feral cat (which turned out to be someones pet) by shooting it with a bow and arrow and then posed for a photo, which she promptly posted on Facebook.
The caption – “My first bow kill [emoticon of cat] lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it’s head. Vet of the year award…gladly accepted.”
The photo went viral and spurred those horrified about the incident to call the Brenham Police Department and Washington County Animal Control.
Even with the photo and her disgusting comments posted on her Facebook page, she claimed she was fearful of rabies and the Austin County grand jury dimwits bought it and decided it had insufficient proof to charge her.
Imagine how moronic you need to be to come to that conclusion? You have a picture of the women who admitted to killing this poor cat named Tiger, she then ran home to get a camera, took the picture, downloaded it to her computer and then uploaded it Facebook, wrote her little "I'm a proud killer" caption with the emojicon and still a Grand jury concluded that there was not enough evidence.
The Texas Board of Veterinary Examiners held a hearing to determine the fate of her veterinarian license. The board heard testimony from her, as well as other witnesses.
During defense questioning, Lindsey gave us a glimpse of what an animal abusers thought process is. She told her attorney, she would never shoot a feral cat again. When asked if she would post it on Facebook, “God, no,” she said.
“It’s pretty much put me out of work for a year. I’m essentially unemployable. I’m not licensed elsewhere, so until I get this resolved, I don’t you know. There is not much I can do,” said Lindsey.
Her whole response revolved on what she paid for killing Tiger, she did not utter a word of remorse, nor did she even feel the slightest guilt over killing a living animal, and God forbid if for a second she imagined the pain that Tiger felt, because a vet testified that when that picture was taken Tiger was still alive... And she's a veterinarian?
While it wasn't much, unlike 99.9% of animal abuse cases Lindsey did have to pay some sort of punishment when The Texas Board of Veterinary Examiners decided to suspend Lindsey’s veterinarian license for one year.
She will not be able to work as a vet till April 2017, and will be on probation for another four years reported the San Antonio-Express News. Why anyone in the United States would trust this crazy bitch with their pet is beyond me.
Wildlife Planet will do our best to keep track of her and post wherever she goes to open up a her veterinary practice.
So Why are these sick bastards getting off so lightly?
The short answer is, the law considers animals to be "property" with the same rights as your lawn furniture. Any criminal charges would be equivalent to whatever charges your neighbor would receive if he shot an arrow through your car tire.
Animal Abuse is not Considered a Violent Crime?
Violent crimes are only considered if it is against a living being which in the eyes of the law means Human not animal.
It goes without saying most thinking people on Earth knows that an animal is a living, feeling being that has similar emotions to any human. If anyone wants to claim "Your a pet owner and you are just projecting human emotions onto the animal" there has been countless scientific studies that prove the animals are not things to be labeled "Property."
Animals are nothing like other “property” such as tables and chairs. Animals are sentient beings with the ability to feel a range of emotions, and they are harmed both physically and psychologically by violent abuse, much as human beings are.
If it has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that animals have feelings, can feel pain and will die if they suffer too much damage, then they are alive and should have at least basic rights where abusers face more than a slap on the wrist.
Changing the Law will Change Public Perception
By classifying animal abuse as a violent crime, we will then have the ability and the tools necessary to track abusers. We will punish those that inflict violence against innocent animals and after they pay their debt to society we can track them to avoid any other animal from their sickness.
When laws are changed to include animal rights, not only will it punish animal abusers, it will play an even larger role in the way we regard animals in our society.
Riding an elephant will no longer be seen as some cool thing I did today, people will see it for what it is, animal abuse. Our society will grow up a little bit as more and more stories about animal abusers being punished come to light, subconsciously we will understand that animals do have feelings.
Most won't realize they have changed, but change they will. Consider this. As a child, I watched how my parents reacted when the first black family moved into our all white neighborhood. Fast forward 30 years and my parents are best friends with not only that black family, but a family from Pakistan and another from Brazil.
The point being that they changed over the course of years and while they lived through the era when Blacks and women had no rights. When they did finally receive their God given rights, our nation grew and while it has taken far longer to accept it, the reality is that changes did occur in people even if they were not aware of them.
If animals receive even limited rights, people will learn and adjust and see them in a new light and most will start to consider the animal's feelings when they are deciding if the litter box can go another day without cleaning it.