The Baltimore Sun has, along with other media, followed closely the trial of two brothers accused of animal abuse ("Mistrial in case against twins accused of burning pit bull," Feb. 8). The pictures of the badly burned dog have generated outrage by concerned citizens throughout our community. The same response occurred recently when cats were also intentionally injured. Our previous mayor created a Task Force on the Prevention of Animal Abuse.
While this is an important problem in our community, a far greater problem is the abuse of children of all ages. Perhaps the same outrage and concern would be expressed if we were able to show pictures of burned children or children with bruises and broken bones. Confidentiality rules apply to children, but not to animals.