Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Editor's Viewpoint: Protect our animals

It is difficult to comprehend the mentality of the gang of young people who stabbed a horse in Londonderry leaving the animal with a nasty gash on its leg.

But according to the vet who treated the animal, such cruelty to defenceless animals is on the rise. It is to be hoped that those responsible for this latest attack are caught and prosecuted.

At least Environment Minister Alex Attwood is offering more protection to wildlife by beefing up current legislation so that those found guilty of offences could be jailed for up to six months. Poisoning birds of prey and badger baiting are two examples of dastardly crimes against wildlife and it is proper that such offences are viewed with extreme distaste.

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