Monday, February 14, 2011

Animal Rights

During college my friend's hamster died. She noticed it was dead and during the process of cleaning out its cage, she realized she probably hadn't given it any water in a while. It may have died from neglect. It occurred to me at the time, could she go to jail? If the animal was a bit higher on the evolutionary scale -- a dog or cat, she could certainly get into some trouble. I know jails are crowded and they don't like filling them up with citizens in good standing who make mistakes, but I'm almost certain she could have at least gotten fined and banned from ever owning pets again. And if they had sent her to jail, what would she have told people she was in for? They would have torn her apart if they knew it was for hamster cruelty.

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