Sometimes the cruelty is subtle. It is the plight of poor children in poor neighborhoods here in the United States who start their lives at a disadvantage and because of factors such as inadequate school funding and family support services have that disadvantage increase over time.
Increasing opportunities for people to get pets altered by opening new programs and pressuring city officials to support pro-active ordinances that mandate spay/neuter is vital, but encouraging people to spay a pet before an accidental first litter is born is equally important.
Preventing unwanted litters is not just important for the animals destined for a life of neglect and suffering, it is also important for the people who live around them -- it is important for our greater community of humanity.
The Dark Triad of personality theory -- psychopathy, Machiavellianism and narcissism -- has been studied for years, and is fairly well accepted in psychological science. But now a triad of scientists is challenging the Dark Triad, suggesting that the construct is incomplete.
In the short number of days since the Karen Klein story broke, several of the 13-year-old boys involved have received death threats. Why is it so much easier to see these kids as inhumane monsters than it is to see them as children who are in need of serious help?
A war on terror which undermines the most basic values of society -- life, liberty, the rule of law -- is not worth waging if we end up creating a society which mirrors the repression we battled in the first place.