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Okay, so how does one stop (unintentional) animal cruelty?
Right, so these people are just morons who think that their pet will be fine, that feeding them poison and human food is nothing to worry about at all (I can't remember how many times I've heard someone feed their dog some fucking cake).
These kind of bad pet owners ignore advice from others are ignored, and I have a feeling they'd probably dismiss what a vet says with some hand-waving.
Now, they're not in the same league of people who intentionally hurt their pets but to cruelly treat your animal because of ignorance is still very sad and something that should be combated.
But what can you do without people's freedoms being unduly infringed upon?
Most people would probably say that people shouldn't at all have to change their behaviour because animals don't deserve any legal rights and are really nothing more than thinking property.
Even if you did give the animals more rights, you'd still run into the problem of enforcing them. Animals can't like humans contact authorities on their own behalf, they have to rely on adult humans just as toddlers have to.
If you offer people professional help (and with what money? I'm not sure if tax payers in any country would be open to the idea of paying for vets to inform bad pet owners of how to take care of their pets) then the pet owners such as the ones in the video above will probably dismiss it as I said above.
You can't restrict sales of pets (introducing pet licenses, regulated pet sellers, etc) to just people who pass some pet knowledge test as that'll just drive the whole thing underground and introducing more laws that might punish pet owners more than they do today might of course result in these pet owners ignoring their pet's plights - killing them off and/or buying them in their own backyard.
No doubt the last thing I brought up is already happening.
So, what can be done?
Are we just going to have to live with unintentional pet cruelty?
EDIT: Linked to the Vaseline video instead of the Energy drink one, my apologies.