odd, one usually hears of a mad dog attacking a person or maybe an uncontrollable circus
animal loose and attacking people. Surprisingly, the shoe is on the other foot, the tables
have turned, or any other adage thats appropriate for this situation.
On a tuesday morning, 18-year-old Sonny Anderson
evidently attacked a few petting zoo animals at Hayward Park. A security guard at the site
was the first person to notice any suspicious, or should I say, stupid activity. This
leads begs one to ask, "What in the world is this inept
This is not the first time Ive heard of an
incident of this nature, and this is certainly not the last story I will come across that
remotely resembles an event such as this. In hindsight, any act of ill will toward
anything is generally considered bad taste. But to direct these feelings, and to act them
out, toward animals is utterly appalling and repulsing. And this is for the simple fact
that just like basically anything else on Gods green earth, the afflicted are living
organisms. And along with being a living organism comes having genuine emotions and
feelings. Being who I am and the way I am, I believe most of these individuals that decide
to take this road in life (and its a pitying excuse for a road of life) are people
who are probably thinking, "Oh good, this would be a perfect way to work out my
personal aggressions; being that a mere animal does not have the ability to tell human
beings its experiences: good or evil ones," or maybe another sorry excuse such as,
"Ill get a few of my friends or Ill do it alone if I have to, but
Im doing it for thrills, for the hell of it."
Another part of me, a very different part, tries to
empathize with such people. I find myself analyzing their condition; or at least
attempting to determine the possible origin or cause of their condition. Maybe its
due to a broken home, a dysfunctional home in either case, the condition and
situation would be, in some sense, almost opaque or obtuse, and therefore lightly
Some subjects pull me in countless directions, and
yes, this is one of them. To even try to understand something like this is crazy.
Lets just say that, trying to understand a sociopathic act such as this instance
bemuses me. Yet, even having established that, there are so many reasons for these types
of occurrences and with that comes many possibilities. And I will not rule out any
possibilities, unless there is circumstantial evidence, of course.
However, of this Im sure, cruelty to animals
is as serious as cruelty to a human being. Anyone found guilty of violence to animals
should receive the same punishment as a person commiting violence against a human. Yes,
there are slaughterhouses and things of that sort, but hopefully people can distinguish
between an act of cruelty and an act of service.
With the help of a couple of my peers, weve
come up with an alternative solution to simply jailing or confining offenders of this
crime. We propose that violators be entered in a program with the Society of the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This program would be designed to help the individual
relate to and appreciate animals. We believe this sort of thing can produce self-awareness
and empathy toward other species in the universe.