Shame­ful abuse

Taranaki Daily News - - Comment & Opinion -

I was very im­pressed with the ar­ti­cle ‘‘List of shame re­vealed’’, writ­ten by James Paul and fol­lowed up by S.P.C.A. chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drea Mid­gen who listed some of the ab­hor­rent abuse and cru­elty cases meted out to pets by their own­ers and mem­bers of the pub­lic. There is not enough pub­lic ex­po­sure of crimes against an­i­mals. I am also de­lighted that early an­i­mal ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes are be­ing set up in schools as it is the up and com­ing gen­er­a­tion of chil­dren that will ben­e­fit by this and grow up with the at­ti­tude that an­i­mal abuse is not okay.

While the abuse of an­i­mals will al­ways be an is­sue in New Zealand and other coun­tries we must be grate­ful that we have such or­gan­i­sa­tions as the S.P.C.A. Sadly the same can­not be said for an­i­mals in Asia and other coun­tries where an­i­mal wel­fare laws are non ex­is­tent. De­spite hun­dreds of thou­sand of pe­ti­tions sent to lead­ers of th­ese coun­tries to ban the bar­baric, in­hu­mane, sick­en­ing tor­ture of boil­ing and skin­ning live cats and dogs for the meat mar­kets it has fallen on deaf ears. To know that live ex­ports of cat­tle and sheep are sent to th­ese coun­tries from New Zealand and Aus­tralia de­spite pe­ti­tions for a ban is also sick­en­ing and shame­ful given the in­hu­mane pro­longed slaugh­ter meth­ods car­ried out on th­ese poor souls once they reach their des­ti­na­tions. The an­i­mal wel­fare law ceases to ex­ist once they set hooves on The Ship of Shame that leaves the South Is­land shore. Ed­u­ca­tion in all schools that it is not cool to abuse those who can­not speak for them­selves is hope­fully the start for new be­gin­nings and at­ti­tudes at least in our coun­try. (abridged)

Judy Eva

New Ply­mouth

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