Oh god no, no no no no no no no
PLLLLLLEASE don't let this turn into yet another circumcision discussion.
PLLLLLLLLEASE I beg you.
As to whether this should be a "Crime"?
Eh, I can see the point that you shouldn't be poking holes in animals that can't consent just to make them look better or like a gimmick to sell them. Then again, if we allow people to shorten tails for aesthetics or neutar an animal simply for the convienence of it I don't see how this is too far different.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
I guess I'm just looking at it through the eyes of utility. I have no problem with de-clawing because it serves a valuable purpose. Spaying and neutering also do as well. With my utilitarian eyes and brain, I just examine each instance and why it's performed. There's no worthwhile reason to crop an ear or tail, to pierce an ear, or do anything of the sort. And I'm sorry, but "because they're cute" is not worthwhile.
I'm just as much against piercing a baby's ears. I see nothing wrong with waiting until they can give their own input about the matter.
This particular case irks me because what she did to these kittens doesn't approach the cruelty practiced regularly to swine, cows, steer, chickens, and other farm animals. Also, puppy mills and fur breeders.
I'd like to see animal cruelty laws that are realistic and fair to all higher life forms.
I personally don't see anything particularly cruel about piercing ears, although these earrings look cumbersome for such small, thin ears.
Ears are not particularly enervated or vascular parts of the body.
I agree that the earrings look a bit heavy for the cat's ears. I don't think I'd consider that "cruelty" though. I would never DO that to a cat, and if I saw someone else do it, I'd mention that they looked too heavy for the ears. But the piercing itself? A non-issue as far as I'm concerned.
I'm FAR more bothered by the completely legal and unrestricted practice of docking tails and ears.
I really don't see how it's any different than the other things we do to pets/livestock, like docking tails, spaying/neutering, ear tagging, ear notching, etc.
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.