The story is about Stephanie Hird and Sara Zamora. Both were arrested in association with “crush” videos and charged with five and nine counts, respectively, of felony cruelty to animals. The animals involved included fish, rabbits, chickens and pigs.
Hird and Zamora are hired performers on some of the counts and apparently the content producers on others.
The adult press was awash in how “alarming” it was, what surprised me is why they thought it was alarming.
In my lifetime I have killed Many fish, also deer, pigs, feral hogs, chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, quail, dove, dogs, cats, and various other animals. I have been an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman my entire life. When i was in second grade I took a .22 rifle to school everyday and when school let out I walked home through the woods. If I killed some squirrels or rabbits thats what we would have for dinner. I never killed anything we didn’t eat, or in the case of the dog and cat wasnt a mercy kill.
I had a bird dog named Jewel and when I was fifteen I came out to find her hit by a car, no way she was going to survive and it broke my heart to see her eyes begging me to make it better, it broke my heart to put a bullet in her head but it was the humane thing to do.
One of my girlfriends had a cat with feline Leukemia, I liked the cat, it was laid back and it liked me. She called one day in tears because she was going to have to take it to be euthanized, it had seen its last day. She asked me to go with her. When I got there the cat was indeed in bad shape…couldnt move off its blanket and the vet had told her to bring it in. The cat HATED the vet, it always scared the thing to death and it seemed wrong to me for it to be that afraid during its last hour(s) so I put it in its basket with its blanket i opened a can of tuna for it….it couldnt eat but it was licking the juice and I shot it, ending its life both quickly and hopefully peacefully, much moreso than waiting to die in a metal box pumped full of gas at the vet (or however they do it)
Now you are prolly thinking OK so….. well the point is that animals are property. You may not like that concept but its the way the law here views it and it is the way it should view it. if you think I am wrong about that try to sue the person who killed your dog for anything other than what you paid for the dog. You cant sue for emotional anything or punitive damages or pain and suffering of you or the dog.
With that property comes property rights. Do you not have the right to do as you want with your property so long as it doesnt endanger anyone else or their property? Should I have been charged for killing my dog or Taylors cat?
What if Hird and Zamora had eaten the chicken or the fish? How do you know they didn’t? While everyone in porn is up in arms about requirements to make performers use condoms claiming first amendment rights do Zamora and Hird have a first amendment right to this “artistic” expression? Popular speech doesn’t need to be defended, the only speech worth defending is unpopular speech and as abhorrent as I find this I find the government abridging these free speech and property rights to be way more abhorrent and way more dangerous.