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Words cannot adequately describe my disgust. Apparently the lunatics are running the Supreme asylum.

Increasingly, I am led to believe that we are living in a world that is becoming so alienated from common sense and compassion as to be almost unrecognizable. The Supreme Court of the United States has decreed (by a vote of 8-1, with Justice Alito being the lone voice of dissent and sanity) that to ban the sale of videos depicting horrific dog fights and other inhumane activities would infringe on our much-vaunted First Amendment rights.

If it is not comprehensible to these people that encouraging economic gain through cruelty to animals is abhorrent, perhaps they should have considered the human cost. During the past 25 years, studies in psychology, sociology and criminology have documented the undeniable co-relation between animal cruelty and human violence: cruelty to animals is now widely acknowledged as a precursor to human violence. There was no consideration of the concept that those who seek such video-“thrills” present a danger to others.

Until we, as a “civilized society” respect the rights of other species we will be condemned to pace out the slow, ongoing destruction of our own integrity, souls and planet.

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Alex Kearns

Alex Kearns

Alex writes for a variety of national and international publications. A relative newcomer to the United States, she co-founded her town's first environmental organization (The St. Marys EarthKeepers, Inc.). In turns bemused, confused, entranced, frustrated and delighted, she enjoys unravelling the eternal enigma that is the Deep South.