Today, in the New York Times is an article that describes how the Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make the torture of animals a federal felony. Amazing. Now it is very easy to understand the political landscape that we call reality today, no one speaks to anyone, the truth is slippery at best and common decency — well, you all have your own opinions. But really, what does it say about our society when we have to write a law, spend time debating it, voting on it, and then have the President sign it – all to outlaw cruelty? It is very commendable that both our house and senate were able to unanimously support this bill and it is now waiting for the signature of the president. Years ago, Mahatma Gandhi said “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” We can all agree on this, we have seen some horrible things done to animals, sometimes out of ignorance sometimes out of spite, and sometimes just plain malice, this should stop. It is incredible that this has taken almost 250 years of our countries history to reach this place, we applaud our government for doing the right thing, but we can only wish that every living thing be allowed to live their lives in peace, security and harmony without the need for a law- it really is common sense and common dignity to provide protection for all.