Campaign To Increase The Sentences Of Dog Torturing Arseholes Is One We Should All Back
We see Change.org petitions for all kinds nowadays. From Jeremy Clarkson being reinstated as Top Gear host to bringing Robot Wars back. But for all the campaigns that, quite honestly, don't matter at all, there are the odd few we should back.
The petition for the sentences of the men who tortured their bulldog to be reconsidered is one to get behind.
A disgusting video went viral of brothers Andrew, 22, and Daniel Frankish, 19, headbutting, jumping on and throwing their pet down the stairs.
The dog, Baby, lost use of her hind legs and was sadly put to sleep three months after the incident.
Despite the footage showing that these scumbags clearly enjoyed torturing the innocent dog, they were both given just 21 weeks in prison which was suspended for two years along with a tagged curfew for six months.
The petition was started on change.org, and it argues that the punishment does not fit the crime:
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"The poor animal was repeatedly thrown down flights of stairs, 'pile driven' into the ground from head height, swung around, and stamped all over. 'Baby' was put to sleep three months later after losing the use of her hind legs. This was all captured on camera, and it is clear it was for their sick enjoyment. We believe this sentence should be reconsidered and the punishment should be greater for such horrendous treatment of a defenseless animal."
If you've seen the video, you'll no doubt agree.
If you haven't, I'd urge you to give it a miss. It's one of the most distressing things I've seen for a very long time. And after watching it, I cannot fathom how the two arseholes behind these senseless attacks have actually avoided jail.
This begs the question: Why are the sentences handed out to animal abusers so lenient? After all, if these men are capable of inflicting such egregious acts on an animal, we have to consider their capacity to do something similar to a human.
These are violent criminals. There's video evidence of this fact. As a dog owner - and a human being - I believe it's unsafe for these men to be out in public.
Although signing this petition might not change a thing, it will draw attention to an important issue. Hopefully, in the future, sentencing for animal cruelty won't be so lenient.
Written by Liam Bond
Lead image credit: RSPCA