Seriously, who does this: http://faerycrafty.blogspot.com/2007/08/poor-pups.html ?
There was a horrifying story on the news last night about a mansion in Saddle River, NJ (just over the NY/NJ border from us) that was found to contain over 100 live and dead dogs and cats. It was filthy and the animals left alive were dirty and diseased. The couple's layer said they had the best intentions - but it just got out of hand and they were depressed over the loss of their business and the foreclosure on their mansion. Right. Does anyone actually believe that it's okay to take your depression out on small animals?
Frighteningly, these people are our neighbors! That's right, they live next door to you and me and they look just like the rest of us. They even go to church and temple. Take my next door neighbors for example. Vegetarian, modestly dressed, church going folks who regularly visited the sick and passed out religious tracts (although the value of said tracts is seroiusly debatable since they blamed the Jews, yes in writing, for all the ills of the modern world)
Last week, said next door neighbors moved out without taking thier two cats. She claimed she couldn't find them (they were outdoor cats) when it came time to actually pull out of the driveway. She left food for them. Great. A couple of days later, one of them was hit by a car right in front of their house. The husband showed up a day after that, loaded the other cat, who was sitting on the front porch crying, into his car and was about to drive off and leave the poor dead cat in the street, when my stepmom stopped him and demanded he bury the body. His reply? "I don't have a shovel." Hers? "Wait here, I'll get you one." She supervised the digging and burial in his backyard.
I can't tell if there are actually more of these incidents, or there are just more of these sorts of people*, or we have relaxed morality to the point of idiocy, or we just have greater access to stories about them through the Internet. But it seems like mistreatment of animals is growing.
Abusers: here's a heads up - picking on ANYTHING smaller than you are is bullying pure and simple. Your punishment? A death sentence would be far too kind. How about a taste of your own medicine? But wait, that would be cruelty to inmates and as a civilized society - we're not supposed to be above that. Right.
* see Idiocracy