Paws for a Cause

Emily Schoen, Editor-in-Chief

Starting in the 1970s with the work of Peter Singer and Tom Regan, the humane movement, regarding the treatment of animals, began and has developed since. The movement deals with the treatment of animals, testing and the penalties that those who abuse animals should face.

The penalties an abuser can face vary by state, but all have the possibility of a felony charge and time spent in prison depending on the circumstances of the crime.

Most pet owners will testify that their pets are members of their family, and may even be like their children due to the love and affection animals provide their owners. Somehow, animal abusers still face a lesser charge than they should.

Like animal abusers, child abusers’ penalties vary depending on different factors. The factors influencing the sentence of a child abuser are the state where the abuse took place, whether sexual abuse took place, whether mental or physical injury occurred, and the criminal history of the offender prior to the event.

Based on these factors, an offender can face a felony and up to a life sentencing in prison for their actions. The maximum sentencing for an animal abuser; however, is five years in prison.

Both of these offenses take a life into account. It should not matter if the being facing the abuse walks on two legs or four.

Many charity organizations and members of the movement are arguing that the penalty should be steeper and have the possibility of a life sentence.

If a person can hurt a defenseless animal, who knows what they could do to a person? People go to pet stores and rescues to buy animals to give them forever home, not to make the shelter, where they get little to no contact with humans, seem like a paradise.

Every day, thousands of animals are put down because they are unwanted, sick or abused to the point where their injuries are so severe that they cannot recover.