Hey, if you can’t abuse an animal abuser, who can you abuse?

pitbullThe story first came to my attention on Facebook, delivered with a heaping side order of vilification and outrage. Justifiably so, or at least it seemed. After all, there was no misinterpreting the event: a woman had taken four pitbull puppies and drowned them in a toilet tank. She’d been charged with four counts of animal cruelty and was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail. “This makes me sick,” declared the person who shared the news story. “If you can’t afford dogs, you shouldn’t have them,” chimed in another. “If she can do this to puppies, what’s to stop her from deciding to kill a person next?” It seemed there was no room for nuance or even the possibility of mitigating circumstances. The internet was eager to assume her guilt (according to the story she admitted the act but pled not guilty to the cruelty charges) and use it as de facto evidence, not just of crime, but of evil.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Margaret
    Aug 13, 2014 @ 15:55:50

    I so agree with this post and your opinions, but many would not. They value animals as much as or more than humans; I got vilified when I blogged that losing my husband of 33 years was NOT the same grief as losing a dog or cat. I don’t get it at all and gave up trying to explain the difference because animal worshippers don’t understand the difference. In many cases I was told that animals are better than people because they love us unconditionally. OK, whatever. It’s true that human relationships are more complex, so I guess there’s a group of people who prefer a simple, slavish relationship.


  2. g2-70ba82e6e83016f8f275fb27f54f5bcc
    Aug 13, 2014 @ 18:13:15

    Yes, Margaret, I’ve noticed too that the animal worshippers are losing perspective. It’s especially sad to see them assuming that animal behavior that is the result of generations of breeding and a lifetime of conditioning equal unconditional love. The “unconditional love” a dog has for an owner is NOT the same thing as, for example, a parent has for a child. That dog could happily be re-homed and make a fine adjustment. He would be happy to see his previous owner, but he would not pine away for him or grieve him in any noticeable way. What a sad life, to believe that animals are better than humans only because we mistakenly attribute human feelings to them.


  3. Camille Lump
    Aug 14, 2014 @ 09:27:42

    …well said/written/spoken/voiced … “we” are what we believe and we believe what we are “taught” … there are as many “operating manuals for humans” as there are cultures …


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