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People who abuse animals are likely to abuse humans, too [Letter]

Is it too much to ask for The Sun's editorial board to consider both animal abuse and violence against humans as deserving of stiff sentencing ("Man's best friend," Oct. 12)?

You should have begun your editorial with the first sentence of the final paragraph: "We understand that those cases have no bearing on Officer Taylor's and that each had its own set of mitigating circumstances."

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Are you not aware there is a clear, documented connection between cruelty to animals and violence against people?

In fact, most animal welfare advocates and most activists against domestic abuse and violent crime know this. Maybe that is why the judge in the case handed down the sentence he did: Because he's better informed on such matters than your board is.

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Please do continue to follow incidents involving animals, as well as crimes that do not. And please consider that sentencing guidelines are meant as just that: guidelines. When a crime is horrendous we should expect judges to pass sentence accordingly — as Judge Richard E. Jordan did.

Linda Saffell

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