…though lord knows, I understand the feeling:
After the case Sue Baugamardt from Brighton Animal Action said: “Even when the penalties are so ludicrously light, magistrates rarely enforce them fully.
“You really have to do something truly horrific to get jailed for six months.
“People have thrown animals off balconies or put them in microwaves and they don’t get six months.
“The main thing with a custodial sentence is that people in jail don’t like animal or child abusers and so the reaction she would get from other prisoners would be the real punishment she would face. “
That isn’t – or shouldn’t be – the main thing with a custodial sentence, though. Nor should we be condoning the other prisoners’ efforts to see that she faces something harsher than the bench, in their infinite wisdom, has handed down.
Because that’s not civilization.