People who abuse animals should be punished severely, because it is inhuman to attack an animal just because it is weaker or less powerful. People abuse animals because they can. Animals are not as capable of fighting back. In addition, animals feel pain. No human should get away with making a defenseless animal suffer.
People who abuse animals should be punished harshly, but so should people who abuse humans, especially children. It drives me crazy that sometimes, it seems like people in this country are more concerned about the welfare of animals than about our own society members, especially those who are very young or very old.
Animals feel pain, too, so yes abusing them is a serious offense and should be treated as such. Personally, I think an appropriate sanction is to have them prohibited from having certain pets (e.G. Dogs and cats). If you abused or tortured an animal or animals, why should you be allowed to have a pet? I'm not excluding imprisonment by the way.
Yes, this thesis can be elaborated by the fact that many people who had abused animals in their past also abused a person at some time afterwards. It is not a question of a living being suffering the pain and abusing, but the person implementing that pain and abuse. Why should anyone want to hurt another living being? It is just a question of a broken and sick personality.
The health of a society can be judged on how we treat the most defenseless of society and animals are the most defenseless creatures in today's society. If we allowed animal abuse, our society would be a sad reflection of our society.Not severely punishing animal abusers, would also cause a lot more aggressive animals who could harm people. It would also lessen the ability to catch people abusive to their families for if they would hurt a defenseless animal, it is not too hard to imagine them being abusive to children.
I know people will hate me for this but this is just my opinion, yes i agree that animal abuse is not right and the people doing it should be punished but i don't think they should be severely punished because we do not know their life, we do not know if maybe something happened to them in their life for them to do this, can we really judge people if we don't really know them, do we have the power to hurt those who hurt others, is it our jobs hurt people like animals, think of it this way, would you hurt a dog if the dog attacked you, sure you can defend yourself but will you severely punish them for it, its the same as humans, we ourselves are animals and if people punishes other people then they too are monsters for doing so, what will the punished learn, all you will be teaching them is pain, where is the communication, so do we really want to become just like them and punish them for what they become....Cause i do agree that we should punish them but not severely ..Cause who know...They too can be lost in a world of darkness and just needs a little shine of light to help them find their way.