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  •  A cat isn't sentient in the legal sense. (none)

    It's property.

    •  Legal shmegal (none)

      I like empirical fact, objective reality.  Legal definitions all too often lack any connection to reality as it is.  Reality as it IS is all that matters.  Everything else is a lie.

      "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." --9th Amendment

      by praedor on Thu Nov 03, 2005 at 02:02:46 PM PST

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    •  It's sad... (none)
      but true.

      Maybe one day this will change.
      People should be allowed to do whatever they want to their animal "property."

      This includes castration, de-clawing, tail bobbing, ear pinning, etc etc.

      It's cruel and disgusting.

      But it reminds me of a line from an old movie which I forget. "This is America, and in America if a man wants to beat his own animal, that's his business."

      •  Depends on what on means by cruelty (none)
        I think that you meant to say that people should not be allowed to ...

        I can't agree about castration, de-clwaing, tail-bobbing, etc.  

        Sterilization is, in particular, not just un-cruel, but an act of kindness.  The cruelest act is allowing a pet to breed when one is unwilling to assume responsibility for caring for the offspring.

        I own a Rottweiler, whose tail was bobbed within minutes of his birth.  It is a simple procedure that does not harm the puppy.  Even if just for aesthetic purposes, I have no problem with it.  Brututs is a beautiful, happy, friendly pet, and I love his stumpy, bobbed tail along with the rest of him.

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