A man from Canberra innocently left some food out for the local possums only to begin bludgeoning the hungry animal with a long pole as soon as it came close to his house. Caught on video, he was brought to court for aggravated animal assault. Australian laws states people convicted of animal cruelty will serve one year is prison while aggravated cruelty doubles the sentence to two years. However, the charges were suddenly dropped against the man, Mr. Zizi. The explanation was, ” the court had been presented with no evidence to show the harm suffered by the possum, and the defendant’s age and crime-free life entitled him to leniency.” Mr. Zizi did sign a agreement promising good behavior for a year but understandably people were outraged and took to Twitter. A RSPCA executive asked an important question, “If this were a puppy or a cat, would it have been a different result?” And if prison sentence is seen by courts as too harsh or a waste of resources, shouldn’t the punishment at least be altered so that animal abusers receive some punishment instead of nothing at all?