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"Smith is charged with one felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals. If convicted, she faces the possibility of two years in prison."

...and rightly so. Poor little guy.
 

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That kind of anger displacement, whether it be on spouses, kids, siblings or animals is totally inexcusable. Hope she serves time and gets some serious help.
 

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com...tman&seid=auto

Here's a great opinion piece Mark Bittman wrote about this crime and how it draws attention to the weird mental disconnect people have with "food" animals.

We're living in a world where killing a hamster will get you arrested but people can do any horrible thing they want to animals in slaughterhouses and no one bats an eye, it's bizarre.

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It's time to take a look at the line between "pet" and "animal." When the ASPCA sends an agent to the home of a Brooklyn family to arrest one of its members for allegedly killing a hamster, something is wrong.
That "something" is this: we protect "companion animals" like hamsters while largely ignoring what amounts to the torture of chickens and cows and pigs. In short, if I keep a pig as a pet, I can't kick it. If I keep a pig I intend to sell for food, I can pretty much torture it. State laws known as "Common Farming Exemptions" allow industry - rather than lawmakers - to make any practice legal as long as it's common. "In other words," as Jonathan Safran Foer, the author of "Eating Animals," wrote me via e-mail, "the industry has the power to define cruelty. It's every bit as crazy as giving burglars the power to define trespassing."
 

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I agree, Werewolf. It would be great if people realized the animals they eat/use are no different from the companion animals we protect.
 

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How could anyone choke a hamster?!?! How sick are people? I'm ashamed to be the same species as this girl. Just terrible!
 

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disgusting. hopefully she will get the 2 years and hopefully she will be in a prison with someone like me who would to to her things that some people do to child molestors in prison

thius is a great articl Werewolfe Girl. I think though that this punishment may be not so much because people feel bad for the hamster but for its owners.
 
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