I see animal cruelty every day at my job at the SPCA of Texas. The law is not on our side or the animals'. Charges are rare, convictions even more so and even then the jail time is negligible. For those saying we need to focus more on crimes against people, let me assure you the two are not mutually exclusive. There is a strong, demonstrable correlation between individuals who commit crimes against animals and individuals who commit crimes against people. Mass shooters, domestic abusers, child abusers, elder abusers more often than not have a history of harming animals. Strong, enforceable laws that keep those people locked up for longer will prevent them from hurting humans. The National LINK Coalition is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more.