What is horsewhipping? Sorry to be so naive . . . .
YES! I think someone should be punished just as badly for cruelty to animals as they would be for cruelty to humans! Killing an animal? Life in jail. Abuse? Major jail time and fines! If they'd be punished for treating a person that way, then it's NOT OK to treat an animal that way.
I firmly believe in the phrase "Pets are people, too."
And, yes, it is very nice to have some consensus, especially on this.
It makes me feel good about the world in general . . . knowing there are so many people like you out there!!!!!!