"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
We don't punish animal abuse severely enough. Dogs running the streets with their litters, dogs being left in cars, tight down on small chains and often without water or shelter. Animals being kicked and stomped on, cows basically suffocating in their own filth, chickens raised in conditions that are barbaric. I better stop, the day has just begun.
Ehhh. I suppose context matters. Even in the context of someone deliberately inflicting harm on an animal, it still depends on context.
I eat a lot of chicken, pork, and beef; I don't particularly care if the animal killed for my meal suffered beforehand, as we've already reached the threshold of death, which is the worst harm you can inflict on a living creature.
You're not asking about legality, so does the thought of someone like abusing their pet dog or neglecting them bother me? Okay, yeah, it bothers me. Do I think there is any basis for any kind of law restricting such behavior? No, I do not - their animal is their property.
The basis for law and government is rights - human rights. When one is damaging someone else's property, then the law has a role to play.
Last edited by JayDubya; 04-25-15 at 06:50 AM.