For Immediate Release:
21 August 2020
Animal Rights Organisation Seeks Public’s Help in Finding Cruel Culprits Who Set Illegal Animal Trap
Medlow Bath – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who set up an illegal steel-jaw animal trap that captured a cat last week in Medlow Bath.
The cat was found with a puncture wound to his front leg and spent almost two weeks recovering in Katoomba Veterinary Hospital.
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“Someone in the area must have seen or heard something related to this horrific incident. We’re calling on anyone who has information about this callous act to come forward,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “A person capable of deliberately causing such protracted suffering to a helpless animal demonstrates a deeply worrying psychological state and must be found.”
Rice adds, “Whether this trap was intended for a cat, a possum, a fox, or any other animal doesn’t change how disgraceful it is. As a species, we need to reject the dangerous notion of human supremacy that leads us to take the lives of billions of animals every year and perceive certain ones as ‘pests’.”
According to law-enforcement agencies and leading mental health professionals, perpetrators of violent and callous acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a threat to all animals – including humans.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist view of the world – notes the importance of keeping cats indoors for their own safety and that of wildlife.
Anyone with information about this case should contact RSPCA NSW on (02) 9770 7555.
For more information about PETA’s work for animals, please visit PETA.org.au.