What's Worse - Kicking a Cat or Killing a Baby?

There are more households that own cats than have children

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I'll let both of these "viral" video stories speak for themselves.

A 21-year-old sociopath-in-training was arrested yesterday for kicking a kitten. And the police caught up with him because the video—which shows Andre Robinson grinning like a tough guy (and his friends laughing hysterically)—was posted on Facebook.

Cops said the man was in police custody and was being questioned about the attack. It was not known how badly the cat was hurt.

The video shows Robinson kicking the cat very hard; "According to the arrest report, the cat flew about 20 feet — and a veterinarian confirmed to cops the brutal blow likely caused serious injury,"

The horrifying footage went viral, and it's a good thing so many people were able to resist the urge to do the mental equivalent of running from the room screaming. After studying the video, commenters determined that it was shot near Brevoort Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant and contacted local police.

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Here's a more "positive" viral video story.

Emily Letts, an abortion counselor in New Jersey, said she wasn’t ready to have a baby, even though she was pregnant, and decided that the best solution for her would be to have an abortion — and film it.

“I found out I am pregnant,” the 25-year-old said in the video she uploaded onto YouTube. “I’m not ready to have children.”

So why the video of the procedure?

“[I want to] show women that there is such thing as a positive abortion story,” The Blaze reported.

Her conclusion at the end of the video: “I feel in awe of the fact that I can make a baby. I can make a life. I knew what I was going to do was right, because it was right for me and no one else. I just want to tell my story.”

Americans, a century ago, would have rightly understood that Emily Letts, despite being more telegenic, was a worse monster than Andre Robinson.

But that was a sane society. Its moral outrage was reserved for things that were actually immoral. It put human life ahead of animal life.

Sometimes that society seems as dead as ancient Rome.

Today we burn dead babies for energy and send out rescue teams to find a kicked cat. In 1914, they would have sent out rescue teams for a baby and ignored the cat.

They were horrible people, obviously. And our society is progressive and moral. Arguably the most moral society ever. It has a bright future.

APPMA's 2005-2006 National Pet Owners Survey (NPOS) show pet ownership is currently at its highest level, with 63 percent of all U.S. households owning a pet which equates to more than 69 million households. That's up from 64 million in 2002 and 51 million in 1988 when APPMA's tracking began.

Since 1970, the portion of U.S. households that include families with two married parents and children fell by half, from 40 percent to 20 percent last year.

There are more households that own cats than have children. I like cats, but unless we start valuing human life again, our civilization is going to die alone. And the civilization that replaces it will spend a lot of time kicking cats.

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