Thursday, 11 November 2010

Stop it now

It seems like every time I open a newspaper to catch up on the headlines and to-ings and fro-ings of the world that there always seems to be a story of animal or child abuse. These stories of abuse always mar the newspaper reading experience for me especially when reading about how a cat has had a firework tied to its tale or a child has been beaten by its parents. They also invoke a mixture of anger and sadness; sadness at the abuse and the fact that someone could consider it acceptable to behave in this fashion, and anger that someone would willingly cause suffering to another living creature.
When reading a story like this I often wander whether stories of such abuse would decrease if we lived in a society where the criminal went through the same experience that they inflicted on their victim. I'm fairly sure that those who tie fireworks to animals would not be so cocky and willing to inflict pain if they had fireworks tied to their limbs. I was brought up on the principle 'do unto others as you would have done unto you' so if you won't like to be abused stop doing it to your pets, animals or children. Stop it now.

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