I Speak Clearly, But People Don't Seem to Understand
Obviously, people have their own opinions and will make choices based on those opinions. Yet, it seems to me that we're all too wrapped up in our own lives, our own problems, and our own causes to stop for a minute and listen to one another. What really bothers me is that people aren't listening to those who can't speak for themselves: children and animals.
In the last few years of I've been involved with trying to raise awareness of the flawed judicial system in New Mexico when it comes to child abuse and animal cruelty. Yet, people don't seem to care. In 2007 a 17 month old girl was stomped to death by her babysitter's 18 year old boyfriend. He's in prison now, but there is no law about child killing in New Mexico. He was charged with child abuse that resulted in death. The maximum penalty for that is thirty years in prison. He recieved the max, but it hardly seems appropriate.
The same goes for animal cruelty. In New Mexico the maximum penalty for extreme cruelty to animals is 18 months in prison and up to $5000 in fines. Yet, rarely is this ever handed down as a sentence. In November of 2007 a man tied his 120 pound dog to the back of his truck and drug it down a road at 40 mph. It ripped all of the dogs claws out and caused severe road rash. Originally the man was charged with fourth degree felony extreme cruelty to animals, but he used the Alfred plea, which is basically not admitting guilt but recognizing that if the case went to trial he would most likely be convicted. The charges were dropped to misdemeanor animal cruelty and he was given unsupervised probation. Plus, the poor dog was given back to him. What is worse is this man has a history of violence towards people AND animals.
It sickens me that more people don't speak out about these things. I can talk with people and they voice their concerns to me, but why don't they take any actions?