Some police officers believe it is the most humane thing you can do, to place an injured animal at the target end of a firing range and to use him/her for target practice. It sounds disgusting and astonishing but that apparently is what some coppers who are part of the Merced police actually believe.
Personally, I have never heard anything so bizarre and sick in all my life. It is grossly deviant behavior and a complete breakdown in moral standards.
The Merced police quote the Californian law to justify what they do:
“…any officer… may, with the approval of his or her immediate superior, humanely destroy any abandoned animal in the field in any case where the animal is too severely injured to move or where a veterinarian is not available and it would be more humane to dispose of the animal.”
I see the connection but this piece of law is meant to permit a police officer to act in a genuinely humane way in an emergency when it is ethically and morally right to put down an animal immediately rather than waiting and taking the animal to a veterinarian.
The Merced police have totally misused this bit of legislation. It is obvious. How some of them can justify it is beyond my comprehension. There is one reason why they do it: they don’t have any form of empathy for animals. They see them as non-feeling automatons or something. On that basis this law that I have quoted should be scrapped. The Merced police don’t have sufficient sensitivity towards animals to use it properly.
The top officer, Norm Andrade, should sort this out asap.