Should animal abusers receive longer sentencing than child abusers?

United States
July 10, 2008 8:00pm CST
I was posed this question in junior college once upon a time, it was a writing exercise to teach us how to write an argumentative paper. And, of course, I took the less popular view that YES, animal abusers SHOULD receive longer sentencing! My logic was (is) as follows: 1. The definition of child abuse has become way too vague, and now incorporates what used to be widely considered disciplinary. 2. Animal abuse implies a degree of malice that I'm not sure child abuse does, the serial killer profile almost ALWAYS includes some form of animal torture, not necessarily child abuse. 3. We are talking about length of sentence, not severity. If we are accepting 1 & 2 of the argument, then we would need extensive mental evaluation, which would take a lot of time. Please reply with your thoughts, I look forward to it!
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• United States
11 Jul 08
A high-ranking PETA employee was asked a couple of years ago if his dog and his son were drowning and he could only save one, which would it be. He said ,"I can't answer that." This comes dangerously close to that territory. A legit child abuser deserves twice as much time as an animal abuser, at least.
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• United States
11 Jul 08
Wow. What a great post, and what a great question. I would honestly have to say, even if I did work for PETA that my son (if I had one) would definately be saved first. No offense against PETA, but I firmly believe that the life of a human being has more value than that of an animal. Don't get me wrong, I love animals. I am a proud owner of two adorable black Labs. But the dogs are more easily replaced rather than a human being. and especially, a child.
• United States
11 Jul 08
I'm thankful I don't have children, because that would be horrible! Of course I would choose a child (even not my own), that's incredible that the PETA employee couldn't answer!!
• United States
12 Jul 08
No actually if anything, i think they should be equal. its still living life.... but,never less then child abuse.
@Bugsey (775)
• United States
12 Jul 08
I agree a hundred percent. My baby is my Terrier!
@loveart (54)
11 Jul 08
i think child abusers should serve more time because once those children grow up as adults they have to deal with those painful memories for the rest of their lives.
• United States
11 Jul 08
That's definitely a good point!
• United States
12 Jul 08
Well, here is an even less popular view: Neither one should be receiving any sentencing. If everybody would mind their own phucking business and not be so concerned about what anybody else is doing EVERYBODY would be happier for it.
@bunnybon7 (37425)
• Holiday, Florida
11 Jul 08
I think they should both recieve 15 to life! ones just as bad as the other. these are all innocents that cant defend themselves and do nothing to deserve abuse. to me children , animals alike are babies, we sould, need to protect, take care of.