PETA Hopes to Bring Person Responsible for Animal Abuse to Justice

For Immediate Release:
31 January 2013

Perth – A kitten was badly injured when he was thrown from a moving vehicle in Brunswick on Australia Day. The kitten, named Aussie by the Brunswick Veterinary Clinic staff, sustained two broken legs and other injuries, including to his jaw. 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 appalling crime.

Because animals cannot report incidents of 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 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.”

If caught, the offender could face fines of up to $50,000 and five years’ imprisonment. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal’s cruelty hotline on 1300 278 3589.

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