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)