Opinion

The cruelty to animals must stop

ONE question I've asked myself and people involved in animal welfare lately is - are there more animals being abused or are there just more cases being reported.

Either way, it's impossible to comprehend the cruel treatment animals have to suffer.

How could someone kill or maim an animal when, in many cases, the animal has little or no defence against the attack?

Studies have been done about the link between people being cruel to animals and being cruel to people.

Maybe if we could identify the people at the stage when they are being cruel to animals, it might stop some of the terrible crimes against people.

While some of these people glory in what they do, one of the characteristics of people who are cruel to animals must be a detachment a disconnection to what to do.

Or maybe they know the animal they hit, kicked, run over or shot is likely to live for some time before dying - or being rescued.

Marmalade, the possum featured in our paper today, suffered horribly after being shot. She also must have suffered emotionally after losing her baby.

When will this ever stop? Will there always be people who think it is fun to be cruel to animals?

Or will people one day evolve beyond the savagery of our prehistoric ancestors and realise that animals have at least as much right to life and dignity as we do.

We can only hope.

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