Judge Cristina Pérez Rules Against Cruelty to Animals

Escrito por PeTA. Publicado en News in English.

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Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals don't stop there. Many of them move on to commit violent acts against their fellow humans.

Judge Cristina Pérez Rules Against Cruelty to Animals

Judge Cristina Pérez—from Fox's Emmy-winning daytime show Cristina's Court—might lay down the law in court, but off the bench, she has a soft side. Pérez teamed up with PETA to draw attention to the link between cruelty to animals and violence toward humans.

 

 

Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals don't stop there. Many of them move on to commit violent acts against their fellow humans.

Read Judge Cristina's interview with PETA below, and please, if you know about an animal who is neglected or abused, tell authorities immediately. The animals and the people in your community are depending on you.

Here she is in her own words.

Why did you want to do this PSA for PETA?
I became interested in working with PETA when I was contacted after a show we had on Cristina's Court regarding the killing of a dog by a neighbor. I always knew of PETA and supported and admired their work and strong position against animal violence and abuse. I believe that in situations when there is any type of violence, people must speak up. In many instances, violence may be an indicator of a much more serious problem, and as parents and as a society, we have to make sure we are raising our kids with the best foundation we can possibly provide for them. When we see negative signs—such as violence against another human, against a child, by someone toward an animal, or any other kind of cruelty—we have to take notice and take action.

What would you tell people to do if they are aware of an animal who is abused or neglected?
Contact PETA or your local law enforcement department, and take swift action.

Have you seen a change in the way courts treat cases of animal abuse or neglect?
Every state in the United States maintains criminal laws that protect animals and punish animal abusers. In my opinion, not all states provide sufficient penalties. These types of cases are incredibly emotional. I've noticed that cases involving violence against animals have become more at the forefront in courts and media. Perhaps because of situations involving pit bulls, which we've already seen several times on Cristina's Court, the courts are taking a stronger stance regarding violence against animals.

Why do you think this message is important?
The message to be careful about protecting every living creature on Earth is an extremely important one. It takes education and compassion, by example, to make this a reality and I think that as inherently good human beings, we can make that happen. More than ever, animals are a part of people's families. The majority of people feel nothing but love and compassion for animals. It is up to us to set positive examples of how animals should be treated.

What would you say to a person in your courtroom accused of abusing an animal?
If I can make the abuser figure out why he or she acted in such a matter, understand their rationale, then I will be better equipped to display how their conduct is not solely wrong but how such can possibly lead to a bigger problem.

What are some things that people can do to make animals' lives better?
The old saying "treat others how you wish to be treated" is a good start. Treat them like they would any other creature—with the same humanity, compassion, regard for their safety, and protection and decency that they would for any other living being, including humans.