Chris has a question
ACT is for tougher sentences for violent crime, as am I. But, do you support this idea: For any conviction of cruelty to animals, an automatic life-time ban on owning or managing animals? I mean, if you are going to get tough on people who hurt and abuse other people, surely it makes sense to get tougher on the scum that are cruel to animals? Some of the present sentences handed down recently for quite horrific instances of animal cruelty are absolutely pathetic. What do you think?
I’m certainly with you on tougher penalties for animal cruelty. Whether its torturing kittens or deliberately leaving cattle in a paddock with no water or shade for three days, I consider animal cruelty right up there on the crime scale.
Generally I think penalties are too soft for most crime, but cruelty to animals (and children) should both be dealt with much more seriously.
That said, I don’t support lifetime penalties for any crime except the most heinous murders.
I do believe in redemption and I think almost everybody should be left with at least a little hope in their lives.
The guy who neglected his farm stock in his ’20s, when he was way out of his depth and struggling to hold his marriage together, may not be the same guy who in his ’60s wants a cat for company.
So I do believe animal cruelty should be taken seriously, but think we have to be bit more flexible than issuing blanket lifetime bans.