Friday, July 20, 2012

What is an appropriate punishment for animal cruelty?

Today, the two men who were found guilty of killing 33 dogs on someone else's property in north Auckland were sentenced. Let's get this straight: two men walked on to someone's private property and killed, in "a spree of cruel destruction", 33 animals for no other reason than one of the men thought one or more of the dogs had mauled his fox terrier.
So what do these two idiots get for this breach of property rights (where's ACT when you need them?) and wonton cruelty? Tony Campbell, the main perpetrator, got 6 months home detention and was ordered to pay $4,700 reparation; Russell Mendoza, the guy who went along for the ride, got 6 months community detention, was also ordered to pay $4,700 reparation and do 300 hours community work at the SPCA. 
Excuse me? Those guys, particularly Campbell, should have got jail time. What this says is that if you walk onto someone else's property and murder their animals, you'll get a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket. Spider, of course, has a definite view on this...