Monday, April 23, 2007

HSUS's Top 100 Cruelty Cases

It's horrific reading by any standard. The Humane Society's Top 100 Cruelty Cases of 2006 are documented on their website. It's the first time the society has created such a list and was released in conjunction with Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Week.
You should start by reading the introduction and how the list was compiled. Be aware, that the disclaimers you see on TV about "the story or information may be graphic or disturbing to some people" definitely applies here. If you can stomach it, you can browse the entire list here, or just the Florida-specific cases here. Five of the cases listed are from Florida, one of them in South Florida's Palm Beach County, three in west central, and one in north Florida.
What would Mahatma Gandhi think in light of the list's posting. He was quoted as saying, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." On the one hand, the animals documented by the list recount their horrible treatment and are only a small part of the total cases of abuse nationwide. On the other, the people were charged with the cruelty in an effort to end such abuses.