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Idiots whose trap killed otter should be harshly punished

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Whether or not those who set a trap on the banks of the Sixmilewater river in Co Antrim meant to kill an otter, their actions showed total disregard not only for this most loved of animals, which is a protected species, but also for children who frequently walk and play in the area.

This newspaper has frequently highlighted instances of animal cruelty and champions animal welfare. Once again we call on the authorities to do all in their power to bring those responsible for this latest despicable act before the courts, and we trust that they then will receive their just deserts. It's over to you, Minister of Justice David Ford.

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