PETA Hopes to Bring Person Responsible for Animal Abuse to Justice

For Immediate Release:
13 June 2012

Sydney – Police believe a person threw a cat from a highway overpass into on-coming traffic on Tuesday night. The cat smashed into the windscreen of a passing car and was found dead nearby. Police said it was not likely an accident. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia is offering $1,000 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific crime.

Because animals cannot report their own abuse and can do little to fight back, they are the perfect “practice” victims for those who tend towards violence.

Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often go on to commit violent acts against their fellow humans. As long as the perpetrators of this crime are at large, other animals – and human residents – might also be in danger. History shows that serial rapists and murderers often have histories of past incidents involving cruelty to animals. Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Jeffrey Dahmer all started out by deliberately harming animals.

“Animal abusers are cowards”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “They take their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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