What used to be no more than a slap on the wrist as punishment, now misdemeanor animal cruelty is no longer regarded as just an impassioned plea by a few animal advocates demanding justice, while they stood on the sidelines as prosecutors and defense attorneys worked out an agreeable deal with minimal consequences. As in the case of Andre Robinson, the alleged “cat kicker,” there has not even been a plea offer from prosecutors reported the New York Times.
For those unfamiliar with the case, Robinson, 22, was arrested in Brooklyn, in May, after a torturous video was posted on Facebook, showing the punk first petting a gray and white cat and then kicking the cat as hard as he could, while his friends as well as Robinson, laughed hysterically.
The neighborhood cat, named King, went flying 20 feet through the air. The video went viral, and authorities were able to track Robinson to his home at the Brevoort House in Bedford Stuyvesant where he was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.
On Wednesday, Robinson is due back in court, and animal advocates aren’t shying away from hissing at the man who has never given any logical reason why he arbitrarily kicked a friendly cat seconds after he bent down to pet the animal.
Now New York Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad is out rounding up more suspects for crimes of cruelty and taking the cases through the courts much more seriously.
Social media has come out strong, demanding justice for the egregious torture and cruelty innocent animals have had to endure. With psychologists and all mental health experts citing clear connections between animal abuse and later abuse towards humans, judges are forced to rethink the cursory slaps on the wrists of defendants just a few years ago. Anyone who reads the news, checks their Facebook pages, or watches television, can’t help but be affected by national stories of animal cruelty.
The Facebook page, Justice for King, with over 12,000 “likes” is waiting for Robinson’s next day in court with the words, “Adjourned until Oct 1. We will be there!!”
King has since recovered and has been adopted.
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