If, like me, you have an interest in animals and their welfare, you probably from time to time come across stories or pictures of animal neglect, abandonment, and abuse. Sometimes these stories and pictures are pretty horrific.
Even if you don’t particularly care for animals, you still should be concerned about cruelty to them, because it is well documented that people who abuse animals will likely go on to abuse people, too. They lack the capacity for empathy, one of the most important qualities that makes us human, which allows these abusers to inflict cruelty on others without compunction.
Many times the person or persons responsible for neglecting or abusing an animal never are found, and the best that can be done for that animal is to save it, rehabilitate it, and find it a new, loving home. There are hundreds of thousands of people around the world who do this kind of animal rescue, and those folks are heroes beyond compare.
In the best of best possible outcomes, the cruelty perpetrators are found, arrested, tried, and sent to jail. As part of their sentence, these people often are forbidden to own animals again.
Here’s where I get worried:
Who makes sure animal abusers never have access to animals again?
People move, change names, go into hiding. Who keeps track of them and makes sure they don’t have a chance to abuse animals again?
Do they have to wear a big red AA, for Animal Abuser, on their chest, like Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter?
Are they put on a nationwide list, as pedophiles are, forbidden from entering pet shops and animal shelters, subject to random home inspections, and made to report their whereabouts for life?
I wonder. I wonder if anybody knows.
I wish you peace and joy, and kindness to any animals in your life.
Thank you for reading my post.