This has got to stop:
The judge should have recused himself from the trial. I know that I would be appealing this verdict immediately. Now, while I certainly think that people who demonstrate cruelty to animals are jerks, and not the kind of people I'd want to hang around, what this man did should not be criminal. It's a damned dog, not a person. The woman should be allowed to sue him for loss of property, but to go to jail for three years for killing a dog. Have we lost our minds?
Seriously? What the hell is going on? Stop anthropomorphizing your pets. Animals are not people. They will not take the place of children you're never going to make the sacrifice to have. Giving them names and dressing them in little outfits doesn't change their nature as animals. They are not Canine and Feline Americans; they are animals; they are property; they should have no rights. What if the man had thrown her pet deer off the balcony during hunting season, would this have carried the same penalty?
We spent $36.3 billion farking dollars on pet health care in 2005. This number is not inflated by veterinarian care for large herds; we're talking about health care costs for taking care of people's personal pets. To give you an idea of how much money that is, it's double the gross revenues of Hollywood and the video game industry combined. We spend this much money, and yet I have to spend almost $10k a year to get health insurance for my family, that doesn't have that great of coverage. My dad's hospital bills are now pushing $200k. People bitch about taxes to pay for socialized medicine, apparently, we could fund several programs if we taxed the hell out of pet luxury care. Pet resorts, pet massages (I saw it on Flipping Out), gourmet pet treats. OH MY GOSH. We're at war, the dichotomy between the rich and the poor is palpable, and we're worried about infernal pets' rights
ANIMALS ARE NOT PEOPLE!