Toughen up our an­i­mal cru­elty laws

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FEATURES -

SIr, – Your re­port on the hor­rific and bru­tal killing of the two preg­nant roe deer and fawn has no doubt left your read­ers feel­ing sick­ened and nau­seous to the core.

This bar­baric cru­elty should not be al­lowed to con­tinue. We have weekly re­ports also of rap­tors “dis­ap­pear­ing” over the so-called sport­ing es­tates.

It is high time that strong laws were passed to pro­tect all wildlife with sub­stan­tial penal­ties and long cus­to­dial sen­tences, de­pend­ing on the na­ture of the crime.

The cur­rent Scot­tish Govern­ment min­is­ter has been sit­ting on her hands for far too long. Un­less she passes law in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture which is ef­fec­tive in pro­tect­ing our na­tive species she should go and some other com­mit­ted per­son should be charged with the job of mak­ing sure an­i­mals and birds are treated with the hu­man­ity they de­serve from us. Enough is enough.

Un­til the govern­ment and po­lice wake up and do their jobs ef­fec­tively all cit­i­zens need to be alert. It is prob­a­bly the case that quite a few peo­ple know the iden­tity of who per­pe­trated these crimes.

Who­ever they are they must also be sick­ened by the bar­barism shown by their col­league or near­est and dear­est. Shop them. Give their de­tails to the po­lice.

Peter A Macari, Queens Road, Aberdeen

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