by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.
November 3, 2002

An article appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News on October 25, 2002. It told about a man in Oxnard, California who, under the influence of drugs, dissected a live guinea pig because he thought the government had implanted a camera in its head to "spy on him." He was convicted by a jury for animal cruelty. He faces up to three years in prison.

This news story made me think how crazy our society has become. Don't get me wrong. I'm against drugs. I'm also against cruelty to animals. But it seems close to insane that a jury would convict a man for killing a rodent!

Over one million human babies are tortured and killed every year in our nation. One thousand black babies are slaughtered each day. Abortion is the number-one cause of death for black people. Needles are shoved into their brains. Their arms and legs are torn off. They are boiled alive in salt water, their silent screams unheeded. Many thousands of them are in the eighth or ninth month of life. But we are told that people have a "constitutional right" to kill these black children.

Imprisoning someone for three years for these barbaric acts would seem like lunacy to the people of America. Yet a jury of supposedly sane people convicted a man of killing a guinea pig - and he faces a possible three-year sentence from a Superior Court judge!

Those who live in "the land of the free and the home of the brave" seem to have descended to the craziness of the Roman world, of which the Bible says,

"Professing themselves to be wise, they became foolsWho changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator" (Romans 1:22, 25).

Man guilty of cruelty

An Oxnard man who dissected his pet guinea pig because he thought the government implanted a camera in its head to spy on him was convicted of animal cruelty because the rodent starved to death.

The jury also convicted Benny Zavala on Wednesday of being under the influence of methamphetamine, but the panel acquitted him of a second animal-cruelty count of torturing the guinea pig because it was already dead when he dissected it.

Zavala, 34, faces up to three years in prison when Superior Court Judge Donald Coleman sentences him Nov. 20.

Deputy Public Defender Robert Dahlstedt also declined comment. Deputy District Attorney Tom Connors said Zavala's behavior was due to his drug habit.

"As a chronic user of methamphetamine, he became paranoid that the government was spying on him," Connors said.

Zavala was arrested in September 2001 after he telephoned relatives and said, "The good news is guinea bleeds. The bad news is guinea's dead," the prosecutor said in his opening statement.

(City News Service, Los Angeles Daily News, October 25, 2002, p. 4).