Speaking Out For the Horse Who Was Dragged From a Truck and BeatPosted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on April 17, 2009
Animal advocates are speaking out! Many of you have written letters in response to the sad outcome of a Pinal County, Arizona case in which a man dragged a horse behind his truck and then beat her with a PVC pipe as his 13-year-old daughter kicked the horse in the head, while both yelled at the horse to get up. A jury acquitted Gordon Allen Bates, finding him “not guilty” of felony animal cruelty.
Below is a letter written by Allison Luxenberg, the former president of the Ventura College of Law SALDF chapter (Calif.) and the current SALDF Alumni Advisor to the chapter. It will be published in the Ventura Signal.
I was brought to tears when I read the story today about Gordon Allen Bates being acquitted on animal cruelty charges for beating a horse after he drug it behind his truck in Pinal County, Arizona. As if the story is not disturbing enough, the man allowed his 13-year-old daughter to kick the horse in the head while he beat it with a PVC pipe. These are not the behaviors parents should be teaching young children. It is very well known that animal abuse leads to human abuse. In fact, According to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Northeastern University, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse (statistics cited from http://www.pet-abuse.com/pages/abuse_connection.php).
The vicious cycle of abuse will never cease if men like Gordon Allen Bates are not punished for not only abusing animals, but teaching his children to abuse them as well. Personally, I have my suspicions that there is already human abuse prevalent in the Bates household and fear this was not an isolated incident of cruelty.
Take a minute to speak out for animals and write a letter to your local editor using ALDF’s Letter to the Editor action center. Thank you for everything you do for animals!