“Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives,” wrote humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer.


Two men are in custody today charged with the horrific serial shootings that have terrorized the Phoenix area over the past year. 2 women died, shot in the back, and 14 others survived dreadful injuries.  But as with many other killers, these men appear to have 'practised' on animals. These victims include dogs, donkeys, ducks and several  horses. And these guys are not alone. There are some terrifying descriptions of the abuse and killing of animals carried out by men who kill and rape (and the occasional woman) on various animal rights websites. I'm not going to repeat them here - but I'm mad as hell about it, and I know all of you who read this blog are as well.

The Humane Society Of The United States offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators. To their credit, the Phoenix Police Department was actively investigating the animal killings as a part of their investigation into the serial shooters. But when is society going to really take this link seriously, and provide the kind of education needed and the kind of intervention required to prevent little Billy heading down a path of ever increasing violence towards other living beings.

Too many people and far too many police departments just laugh it off when a kid - mostly boys it must be said - throws a screaming kitten into a pond or watches a rabbit writhe in agony after lighting firecrackers they have tied to it. PD's and local DA's must be reminded all the time: People who hurt animals do not stop there. And hey, why wait till they hurt your nephew or niece. Why not prosecute them for hurting animals?  Why not?

In Berkeley, just 6 years ago, a city employee bit a love bird to death at the local animal shelter.
The Police Chief wanted to come down hard on the guy, and his rank and file asked him what all the fuss was about. It was just a bird after all ...

Interestingly, the site I found a lot of info on was written by a flat out conservative - 'The Bos'un' and this is a guy whose banner has a pretty graphic of missile warheads overlaid with American flags.  Can't say I agree with this man on much - especially when his favorite movie is listed as 'The Passion Of Christ'  directed by our favorite Jew hater Little Mel. But thanks Bos'un, for the info on animal abuse.