Here's a pretty maddening story about 2 teenage girls from California who poured flammable liquid on a kitten and lit it on fire.
They were found out by some passers-by who heard the kitten yowling and the girls laughing.
The kitten is still alive and is being treated at an animal hospital.
To me, people that can do something like this to an animal -- this isn't like a kid shooting a bird with a BB gun -- people that can do something like this to a kitten, well, they're exhibiting something wrong in their core.
The thing is, if you have something like that deep down inside you, that's not a good sign -- you're absolutely flawed -- and it's not something that any punishment can eradicate. Like rapists and child molesters, this means you're simply not made right.
I would bet any amount of money that, if this is what they can do, if this is what they can laugh at, then they most likely will at some point do something very, very bad to someone.
I've already said that I like animals more than humans -- and this is a perfect example of why.
Given the opportunity, I think I would off these 2 kids without losing much sleep.
So before anyone even asks -- yes, I value the life of a kitten more than I value the lives of these 2 human.
I'd have to answer to my maker for it at some point, and He'd probably be angry, but I feel I'd be making the world a better place, and that's really the ultimate goal, isn't it?