Stricter Laws for Animal Abuse!!

I feel that this reading is very relevant to both of our readings, it is showing awareness to animal cruelty in states that normally wouldn’t get a lot of animal cruelty attention due to their location. A state like Kentucky where its labeled as one of the best places for animal abusers to live in should be a red flag for all animal lovers and human beings. Not only should all animal rights groups pay attention to these types of states but all citizens living in these states should take a better look at what is going on next door to them. This link not only points out the weaknesses of animal rights as far as Kentucky, but it also points out how much more work needs to be done as far as animal cruelty awareness goes. From our readings a point that stood out to me was how young a boy a girl can start to show signs of animal cruelty and also the type of career can also affect once feelings on how we feel about animal cruelty. The moral ethic view of animals not only the ones that we live with but the ones that we consume is that all animals should be treated fairly and human because just like humans can feel pleasure and pain so can an animal. And there is a big difference between a butcher, hunter, and a murderer.

In conclusion I believe animals need a voice and that if we do not become that voice for them they will never be treated in a human way. The content read not only re-assured me that doing a small part toward preventing animal cruelty and suffering can add to the big picture of giving animals a voice. Its important to start somewhere and to spread the word that even by rescuing animals instead of purchasing from puppy mills is a start to preventing animal cruelty.


7 thoughts on “Stricter Laws for Animal Abuse!!

  1. What do you think are the possible reasons for such legislation barely being pushed in states such as Kentucky? Do we as a nation tend to ignore smaller states like Kentucky while focusing our attention on the more populated urban areas of New York and California, or does it have something to do with our general detachment from the farming world and some of the cruelties that take place?

    I’m also interested to know how other midwestern and southern states function in terms of animal rights legislation.

  2. Ryan great questions. I do believe that population and information awareness has a lot to do with such legislations in rural states such as Kentucky. I also believe that the resources for citizens in these type of rural states is also less limited than to those in a big urban state. Even in the farming world not all farmers view that animals are just a piece of meat that belongs on a kitchen plate, some actually take pride in raising strong healthy life stock for families to enjoy with out the need of using harsh slaughtering techniques not sure if this really answers your questions 100%?

  3. You answered the questions just fine. It seems then the problem isn’t even with the farmers, since many of those farmers, as you’ve said, do treat their animals properly (or as properly as can be for an animal on death row). The problem is how they might view other non-farm animals such as dogs, since they aren’t food, they are, in the case of Kentucky, treated as entertainment.

  4. Good afternoon Professor,

    I believe that the difference between a butcher, a hunter and a murder is their necessity. A butcher for the most part is seen as an honest worker with a specific trade, part of their job is to provide service to the public.
    Even though there is a detachment because at the end of the day part of their job is to slaughter the animals that society consumes, they are still not viewed as cruel and in human.

    The necessity of a hunter has also evolved over the years, hunters have always been a big part of society dating back to prehistoric times, in order to feed those who were not skilled enough to hunt for themselves. However todays hunters are not viewed exactly the same way, todays hunters are mainly used as pest eliminators they help protect fields, parks and homes from certain pest that have either wondered outside of their ecosystem or their population has surpassed what their ecosystem is able to provide for them and are now a danger to society even though it might seem harsh I still don’t consider this to be animal cruelty.

    As for the necessity to hurt/kill animals without just cause, is considered being a murder in my eyes. Not sure if this answered your question?

  5. Considering the way we treat animals that we use for food (i.e. chickens, cows, pigs, etc..), it is hard for humans to argue being nice to animals. Most of us are not ignorant to the way these animals are treated, yet most of us continue to eat these animals, me included. Part of our reasoning for being nice to animals is because we believe that we are in touch with their feelings. As we discussed last night however, we really don’t even know if cats, dogs, and other domesticated animals can feel pain. We don’t even know for sure if animals that we eat can feel pain. Unfortunately, after reflecting on Kant’s argument over the last few days, I believe that his argument is pretty strong. The only reason people should be good to animals is because it reflects our actions towards other human beings. If we feel such strong human feelings towards animals, then we should treat them like humans. That reasoning should not make sense, but for most of us it does. Humans that do feel a strong responsibility to animals must have some higher understanding about life in general. In my opinion, you should either believe that only humans must be treated well, or that all living things should be treated well. Any other belief is an inconsistency.

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