I am not discussing here the apportioning of blame between the parties concerned. However, I most strongly feel that violence, in any shape or form, cannot be vindicated.
My contention is that, if the man perpetrating the violence had a pet, he would not have reacted so wrathfully and caused so much hurt and pain to another person.
If he had a pet to care for, it would have brought out the softer side in him. A person who cares humanely for a pet cannot help but be humane toward other animals and fellow human beings.
I am not suggesting that a pet owner develops angelic qualities through interaction with his pet, though he does develop patience, understanding and the milk of human kindness.He can get angry when provoked, but not to the extent of pushing people down, causing a broken wrist, a fractured knee and loss of income.
A prison in Lansing. Kansas, has a programme which gives the prisoners the task of training “Death Row” dogs to become pets or service dogs, which are then sent out for adoption.
These dogs, from animal shelters, are destined to be put down.They are saved by this prison project and in turn, rehabilitate the hardened criminals who cared for them. There has been less violence behind bars, as a consequence.In the words of the warden, “They may be having a crummy day and a dog comes up and starts licking them and things look better for them,” he say