Urge Officials to Investigate Child, Animal Abuse Case
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In August, an extremely disturbing video depicting a very young girl being forced by her parents to repeatedly shoot an opossum who wandered onto their porch was posted to Facebook. Visibly shaken and exclaiming in distress, “I don’t want to shoot him!” the girl is directed, in front of two even younger children, to fire pellets again and again into the helpless animal. The traumatized girl pleads, “I don’t like doing this,” but to no avail, and the opossum, having been struck only about the body, suffers terribly during the ordeal. The video was posted with the caption “Well our dogs kept us up all night long cause that possum was eating their food. So I’m glad it’s dead. [The girl] was a little sad cause her dad made her shoot it. 😦 she didn’t like it…[sic]”. The family reportedly lives in Bee County, Texas.
PETA provided officials with everything they need to investigate (including names and an address) and has for months urged them to do just that, but our public records request reveals that no action was taken! Your voice is now needed! Please politely urge officials to take this matter seriously for the sake of the children and the animal who suffered that day.
WHOM TO CONTACT
Major Larry Young
Texas Parks and Wildlife Division Law Enforcement
Dear Honorable Warner, Sheriff Carrizales, Jr., and Major Young:
It has come to my attention that a gross case of animal cruelty has occurred in Bee County, Texas, in which a parent allegedly forced a child to brutally shoot an opossum with other children nearby. I therefore respectfully request a case be immediately initiated with the adequate information as gathered by PETA to investigate the deliberate abuse of the child and animal and that the most severe subsequent penalty be pursued as well.
Although not required, I do feel it important to validate my concerns: when I try to imagine what possible motive abusers entertain for subjecting their victims to such malicious, heinous acts of emotional brutality as well as physical cruelty, I fail, but I am thankful for a lack of cognitive understanding and rationalization. To engage in such malevolent behaviour absolutely suggests sociopathic and sadistic tendencies and demonstrates an incontrovertible lack of morality regarding other living beings and a gross disrespect for the law. In fact, a person who shows such a remarkable lack of compassion towards animals has, disturbingly enough, the ability to show such indifference towards humans. This link between animal and human abuse has been established, and if we excuse or ignore the opossum’s violent killing and the indirect killer, the parent, we would be serving an injustice to both animals and society’s children.
When animals are subjected to such brutality with no human accountability, our society inaccurately concludes that animals are not worthy of empathy, compassion, or rights. We become desensitized to the issue of animal abuse, and our children learn troubling lessons that are contrary to respect of and towards animals, which often evolves into a lack of empathy for humans. We must do everything in our power to allocate necessary resources to investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of animal cruelty cases. I understand that yours can be a challenging position, limited by vague and inadequate laws as well as insufficient funds; however, we are intelligent people with loud voices and tireless determination, and I believe we can make a difference or initiate change to better protect our animal friends. Please proceed with the most severe penalties and examine where existing legal mandates may be rewritten to address the current inadequacy of such.
I know your time is limited and I thank you for your attention to this important, urgent issue.
an evil adult
run rampant and wild
abusing an animal
tormenting a child
belongs in a cell
never get well
Karen Lyons Kalmenson