If its wrong to spank an animal with a belt its wrong to spank a child with a belt. They lock animals in cages because they say they are lesser beings but then they treat dogs as greater beings when it comes to spanking. People dont know what is proper treatment of other beings. That is why we fight so much because we dont even know when we are being appropriate or inappropriate to others. In every conflict at least one party is in the wrong. This clearly shows that people do not know right from wrong as both parties almost always think they are in the right. Dont get me wrong i think its appropriate to spank your children when nothing else works. But i dont contradict myself and refuse to spank dogs. I also think that all sentient beings are equal in what they deserve because their differences are caused by physical things that are beyond our control. So locking an animal in a cage because its a "lesser" being so it has to suffer so we can get a little bit of pleasure out of them is ridiculous. Its moral stupidity at its worse. We are both beings so if they deserve so little then we deserve little too because we are not opposites like they seem to think. We have over 70 percent of the genetics as animals im guessing so we cant deserve the opposite of what they deserve just because we are made different. Owning animals as property is not much different than owning people as property. The same things happen to animals and no one can explain how its acceptable to do these things to animals when it isnt acceptable to do these things to people.