John Key has told us that his government’s unrelenting focus this year will be the economy. He has also said his government will focus unrelentingly on education. Already, it has relented to focus on increasing the maximum penalty for animal cruelty from three years to five.
Of course what happened with the massacre of those dogs and the guy feeding kittens to his dog is disgusting but
A ‘get tough’ law that doesn’t actually get tough on the people it is directed at and that doesn’t stop people behaving like that is useless. It’s just an exercise in looking like you’re doing something.
It’s good to oppose and declaim these wanton acts of violence against animals. But doing something that won’t make a difference is a waste of time and money.
This looks dangerously like a political tactic to exploit current popular feeling than responsible government that uses its limited legislative time to pass important, useful laws.
Meanwhile, 250,000 Kiwis and rising are out of work.