Make Love, not War (if you want to go to prison)

bulldog

I put up a post the other day about a young man who has been sent to prison for 6 years for making love to a young woman. By way of contrast, two other young men (also from the North of England) have escaped any substantial punishment notwithstanding having being caught on camera torturing the family pet – a bulldog.  They had videoed the event, but then later accidentally dropped the SD card on a supermarket floor.  Someone evidently found it, watched it, and reported it to the RSPCA.

The young men were Andrew and Daniel Frankish. To screams of delighted fun from them, the poor animal was repeatedly abused, thrown down a flight of stairs, stamped on, kicked and then hurled head first onto the floor. The dog was thereby crippled, losing the use of her hind legs, and was later put down.

The pair received a 21 week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and a six months tagged curfew between 8pm and 6am.  So no actual jail time. They could have been punished rather more severely; under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, it is an offence to cause or permit unnecessary suffering to a domestic animal, and the permitted punishment for that includes 51 weeks in prison and a fine. There is a petition up and running calling for their sentences to be reviewed and increased.

It seems utterly bizarre to me that the justice system should hand out a lengthy prison sentence for making love (albeit in that case, in a decidedly tacky way, not even involving actual sexual intercourse) but not for making war, torturing one of man’s best friends.

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