No hid­ing place for an­i­mal abusers

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - COMMENT -

Pet-lover or not, a ris­ing tide of vi­o­lence against an­i­mals in the area is some­thing we should all be con­cerned about. While there is some du­bi­ety over the re­li­a­bil­ity of ev­i­dence sug­gest­ing those re­spon­si­ble for vi­o­lence against an­i­mals are more likely to be vi­o­lent to­ward hu­mans, the bot­tom line is the as­sailants are dan­ger­ous in­di­vid­u­als who must be brought to book.

Scot­tish SPCA chief su­per­in­ten­dent Mike Flynn yes­ter­day de­scribed the fig­ures re­lat­ing to at­tacks on dogs as “dis­heart­en­ing”.

It is hard to dis­agree.

Just as with vi­o­lence per­pe­trated against fel­low hu­man be­ings, there can be no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for at­tacks on de­fence­less an­i­mals.

It is hard for most right-think­ing peo­ple to imag­ine just what goes through the minds of per­pe­tra­tors of such crimes.

Deter­rents are sig­nif­i­cant, with se­vere punishments avail­able to the au­thor­i­ties.

So why is it that an­i­mal cru­elty ap­pears to be on the rise? It may well be that, de­spite the fig­ures, it re­mains a crime that many peo­ple are seen to “get away with”.

As ever high pro­file ex­am­ples will help the cause and to­day we re­port on the case of a cat shot with an air ri­fle.

Let us hope those re­spon­si­ble are quickly traced – and then given a pun­ish­ment to fit the heartless crime.

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