I'm finding it really hard to sympathise with you people.
First of all, based on the general concensus, humans are weaker than 'other' animals, yet somehow they've managed to get past this disadvantage by creating weapons, tools, and other useful objects. Someone please tell me why other animals haven't done this. Yes, I realise a monkey has used sticks as tools before, yet they've never advanced to the level we are at. Does this mean humans are at the top of the food chain? Yes, it does. Simply because through the use of these tools we can overcome any other creature on the earth.
Second, just to make this clear, I am opposed to animal cruelty, yet not nearly to the degree of some people on this forum. Now, let me ask you a question. Why is it that other animals torture animals? Both my cat and my dog, after having caught a bird or other prey, will sit and play with the creature for hours, until it finally kills the animal. Now, are these pets punished by death, or do we let them go merrily on their way? It's been said that punishment should be equal, if a dog is killed, then the one responsible should be killed. Originally it was humans that made a law to punish those who do wrong, and it's humans that uphold this. Other animals don't hardly care if their kind are killed, tortured or wronged. Even a cow's offspring will be forgotten within a month and when they're joined together again, neither remember each other. Another thing is, based on your philosophy (an eye for an eye) if a pet cat was to scratch me and draw blood, should I do this in return? It would be considered animal cruelty on my part, yet the cat would get of scott-free. How about this scenario, what happens if a dog attacks someone with an intent to kill? The dog is obviously a danger to people, so should it be put down, or does it deserve to live? According to some, snuffing a life is wrong, and everyone should be a vegetarian...Yet why are humans biologically engineered to eat meat? Don't tell me that that was just some freak of nature, obviously not intended to be used.
Overall don't think that I'm the sort to go off and start torturing my pet, because I'm not. Yet I have to wonder about the sanity of people who believe a dog's life is at the same value as a human's. You may cry about a dog starving to death, yet next time you're looking at a diamond, wishing you owned it, I hope you realise the blood shed of innocent children by drug lords wanting these stones.