Sunday, February 22, 2009

Stricter Laws Against Animal Cruelty

Last year, two animals were brutally hacked to death in Queensland.

On October 20th last year, a 7-month old fox terrier named Peanut was kidnapped, tortured and brutally hacked to death by two men in Moranbah. And a mere 3 weeks later on November 10th, a 4-year old cat named Basil was sliced up and decapitated and dumped outside a primary school in McKay.

I don't have the heart to write in detail what happened to these poor animals, especially Peanut because it is horrifyingly sadistic and cruel beyond words. But there are a lot of articles on this website

In the case of Peanut the Pup, animal rights experts have described the incident as the 'worst and most horrific in Australian history'. The two men responsible for this heinous and inhumane act, Trent Cunliffe and Jonathan Blake are pleading mental illness and are currently being remanded till the next court date on 29th May.

To date, they are still looking for Basil the Cat's killers.

The maximum penalty under the Animal Care and Protection Act for such an offence is $75,000 or two years in jail, but the maximum penalty ever handed out is a four-month jail term.

But is $75,000 and two years in jail enough to deter anyone from committing the same offense in future? Can we actually put a price to our pet's lives? Or that of any animal?

If Australia or anywhere else carries the death penalty for such an offense, I say we go for that.

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