Friday, January 2, 2009

Article on cruelty to animal prosecutions and law

The Lakeland Ledger published an interesting article on the shift toward more vigorous prosecution of animal cruelty cases in Florida. The article notes the links between violence toward animals being an indicator of a predisposition of violence toward people. The article also quotes Tampa animal law attorney Jennifer Dietz:
"Because we've turned into an urban society, we have brought animals into our homes now," Dietz said. "One hundred years ago, we didn't."

The result is that many people view their pets as family members rather than property. That sympathy toward "sentient beings" has extended to less sympathetic animals, like roosters, raccoons and squirrels. Dietz says that within a generation, animals could have rights in court.

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