Death Penalty for Dogs

I don’t know about any of you, but I had no idea that there was a such thing as a death penalty for dogs. I knew that they went to trial and sometimes had to be put to death, but I never really thought of what happened after that. Well, it turns out the process is very similar to that of a human’s death. In Dallas, there has been a recent shift changing from using gas chambers to a lethal injection. Officials have said that by 2010, only the most vicious dogs, feral cats, and wild animals will get the gas chamber.

One director said, “I will not allow anything inhumane to be done in my watch.” I think it is very interesting that they are talking about inhumane treatments when we are talking about killing animals. Those two things don’t seem to relate. I don’t mean to suggest that we should administer the cruelest method of killing possible, but simply that this seems to be another occurrence of humans imposing our morals upon animals.

The reason these animals are getting the death penalty in the first place is the product of the human moral system. It is simply not acceptable for a dog to brutally attack a human, whether provoked or not. Secondly, we are administering the same kind of death treatment for animals that we are for humans. Although the lethal injection was imposed for humans years ago, the animals are now planning to receive this treatment also. One reason I think a switch is even necessary is due to human breeding of dogs. We are breeding pitbulls and other dogs who have it in their nature to attach. It is ridiculous to breed these dogs for a violent purpose, and then kill them when they don’t conform to our “peaceful” society (Our society is anything but peaceful, but we would like the believe it is.). We have interfered with nature when we breed, and then we become unhappy with the result when our creation hurts or kills one of us.

I think the important thing to take from the article is not what method of death penalty is used for animals, but rather how to stop this problem. I have not been able to come up with an answer, since there is no real way to completely train a pitbull and humans will always be angered when they are endangered. For the meantime, I guess the only thing we can do is pretend that we are killing the dogs in a humane manner.


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