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Do you think animal abuse is criminalized enough?

Recently there has been a video circulating social media of a Canadian teenage throwing a cat a huge distance, so much so that the cat could have been killed (please do not look this video up if you are sensitive to that content.) The cat thankfully survived, but had his leg broken by the incident. The teenager was arrested, but people are concerned he will get off very lightly because of his age, and because animal abuse charges are rarely severe enough to match the crime.

I don't know about Canada, but here in the United States I see a lot of animal abusers get off with a fine and no jail time. I think there should a minimum jail sentence involved, and a ban on owning animals in the future. I believe that intentional animal abuse, especially by children and teens, is a precursor to murder and abuse of humans, and should be taken much more seriously.

Do you think that, in general, animal abusers are under-punished?

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