How does one prevent abuse?
The caregiver I spoke to yesterday asked me this question - and I realised we've been asked this a lot by the media and by people who are genuinely concerned about animal abuse. As I was thinking about it though, you CAN'T prevent abuse. The best thing we can do is to keep the population down through sterilisation.
Education is touted as being important, and of course it is, but at the same time, often what is overlooked, is that abuse is an act of violence. Now lots of people may not particularly like cats, but few of them will bash them senseless and torture them either. Most of these same people would find the idea of killing cats abhorrent. If you DON'T find it abhorrent that violence and torture are being perpetrated, then what will education do?
Think about it - why do murders occur? No one however suggests we 'educate' people not to murder. It's a given - you don't kill another human being. Does the bar fall just because it's an animal? People argue sometimes that they were scratched by the cat - as if that's justification. For example, it's been found that murders happen more often during heat waves - and yet people don't get off just because they happen to kill when it's hot.
The fact of the matter is that abuse and murder share some things in common. Both are acts of violence and both result in painful, untimely death.