He’s Seen the Movie Too Many Times

The movie being Cat People.

I don’t know how else to explain a judge announcing from the bench that

The cat is a living human animal and doesn’t deserve to be basically murdered, which is what happened in this case.

The judge was sentencing a man for brutally killing a stray cat that had damaged the man’s rental unit. The man should not have killed the cat. I think six months in jail might be a bit excessive, but presumably he will not serve all of that.

It seems nothing will happen to the judge for making his ridiculous “cat is a living human animal” statement. This stands as another example of our inability to properly distinguish people from animals.

As I have said before, understanding the phenomenon of consciousness will go a long way to clarifying the difference.

Hat tip: Ann Althouse