Target: Circuit Judge J. Dale Durrance
Goal: Praise judge for sentencing a man to 25 years in prison for dogfighting.
A man was recently sentenced to 25 years in prison for dogfighting and animal cruelty, according to an article in Highlands Today. The sentence prompted much controversy, but it was well deserved. Dogfighting is the practice of taking two dogs and forcing them to fight each other for the amusement of a crowd. The dogs usually sustain severe injuries, and in this case the presiding judge, J. Dale Durrance, reported that the dogs had scars, open sores, and broken teeth. He also noted that it was unfortunate that the 11 dogs that were forced to fight were not able to speak for themselves and voice their opinion on the sentence.
Dogfighting is a despicable crime that inflicts immeasurable cruelty on an innocent animal. Such gladiatorial competitions are of a different age; they represent the worst in humanity, and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent. Not only do the people who organize them exhibit clear signs of psychopathic tendencies, but they are also putting the public at risk by raising dogs to be violent.
People can say what they want about the length of the sentence, but it cannot be denied that this action sends a clear message that this sort of cruelty cannot and will not be tolerated. Sign this petition to thank Judge Durrance for ruling in favor of man’s best friend.
Dear Judge Durrance,
I want to thank you for sentencing James Thomas Reed to 25 years in prison for dogfighting. Although some of your critics have denounced this sentence as being too harsh, I feel that it was warranted. Dogfighting is one of the most hideous practices imaginable. Its level of barbarity resembles something that might be seen in medieval times, but certainly not in 21st century America. Those who commit such atrocities are worthy of severe penalties, even if those penalties are denounced as Draconian.
As I’m sure you know, dogs are curious, sensitive, and innocent creatures. They have been friends of our species for ages, and they do not deserve this kind of treatment. If an animal has the capacity to feel distress, pain, and suffering, then it is worthy of our moral and legal consideration. Scientific evidence indicates that those criteria are met in dogs.
Also, if someone can do such horrible things to an innocent animal, what might they do to another person? I believe that people who organize dogfighting events are a danger to society because they demonstrate a clear lack of empathy.
I hope that this sentence will act as a deterrent to others; it lets people know that dogfighting will not be tolerated. Thank you for this just sentence.
[Your Name Here]
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