As long as animals are considered property in the eyes of the law, it will be very hard to file abuse charges and actually have them followed through on.
Animal abuse will always be a problem, just as child abuse and spouse abuse. The thing is, in the eyes of the law, the spouse, child's feelings are considered. In animal cases, the animal is just a piece of property. This is so very wrong. Unless people try to change the way animals are viewed in regards to their rites, and the poeple trying to change the laws do so in a civilized, legal, practical way, things will not change. People who support animal rites will always be viewed (for the most part) as a bunch of nut cases as long as there are radical, "animal rights" groups running around commiting crimes. It is sad but a few crazy people ( well more than a few) that probably started out with good intentions towards animals are actually doing them way more harm than good. And making it so many animal groups that do try and stay within the law are not taken seriously. Then of course there are the questions of "where do you draw the line on abuse?"
In Lightning's world....All animal abusers, and I am sure most people who care about animals know where to draw the line, and child abusers and anyone who hurts any living creature unable to defend themselves (except flies and fleas) would be shuttled "OFF THE PLANET". No exceptions. You molest a child..."OFF THE PLANET" Start kicking the dog... "OFF THE PLANET", Put a wire bridle on a horse and beat him, regardless of ignorance or not, "OFF THE PLANET". Lightning's world would be a much better place.
Sorry for the rant and I am getting off of my saddle soap box now.