In my opinion, penalties for animal abuse should be the same as penalties for child abuse.
Several years ago, my husband noticed a truck jammed full of hogs. They had no room to move. They were on their way to be lined up and killed. Pigs are smart animals. My husband and I were very upset about the way the poor, defenseless animals were jammed in the truck and the horror they were about to go through at the slaughterhouse.
My husband said, “That does it. I’ll never eat meat again.” He kept his word. We are now vegans. It is a great feeling to know no animals are harmed because of us.