In at least some areas of northeast Arkansas abusing an animal brings a harsher bond than abusing a child.
Just recently parents were charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, a felony offense. They did not have to post any bond and were released on their own recognizance.
Yet a young man can beat a dog with a shovel, resulting in the death of the animal, a misdemeanor, and get a $10,000 bond from the same judge. Don't get me wrong. I too am an animal lover and would never want someone to go unpunished for doing something so horrendous.
Something is just not right with this picture. It makes me wonder if the life of a child is still considered by some to be worth less than that of an animal and if we are regressing in our attitudes.
In 1997 Congress passed the Adoption and Safe Families Act which had three principles, one of which was that the safety of children is the paramount concern.
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. If you are as appalled as I am by the laws and punishments where child abuse is concerned, don't sit idly by and do nothing. Contact your lawmakers and demand changes in the laws and stiffer bonds and penalties for abusing children. Call your city and county prosecuting attorneys and demand they prosecute the abusers. Our children are our future, Consider That.