Children or animals. What’s more important?
Another baby has been abused by their parents in New Zealand. It is beyond belief how disturbing this is. Another young child in a serious condition in hospital because their parents don’t understand that it’s not right to be abusive toward your nine month old baby. There’s an article here from stuff.co.nz on this.
When I first saw about this, I was actually told the baby had died. Looks like the media has decided that hasn’t happened. But it got me thinking. When I saw that, I said “oh dear, another baby has died.” My emphasis wasn’t on the word “died”. It was on the word “another”. It’s almost as if we’re so used to this happening that it isn’t a surprise.
But what really shocked me was what I realised after that. If a baby was kicked by their parent in the middle of the street, we would be shocked. We would maybe try and stop them, and they would probably be arrested. But if we replace that child with a dog or other animal, there would be protests as to why this guy isn’t getting the death penalty. Okay, so maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but really, we need to think. What do we value more? Our children, or our animals? Unfortunately, right now our actions seem to value animals much more than our children.
On a side note, so the Anti-smacking Bill really worked, didn’t it… The bill’s proponents said give it about five years, and it will start working. We are four or five years in now… Yeah, it doesn’t… I’m not surprised though. It was illegal to abuse your child under the old law. Why would this new law stop people who would beat their children to death before?