Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Animal cruelty must be reported

THE abysmal lack of prosecutions for cruelty to animals in Northern Ireland (News, November 12) must not deter anyone who witnesses violence to animals from coming forward.

Because animals cannot report abuse against them and are vulnerable, they are easy targets and often become "practice victims" for people who then move on to harming other animals, or people.

Putting a stop to violent tendencies as soon as they become apparent should be the responsibility of society as a whole, not just the Animal Welfare Service, because it is society that pays the price if the violence escalates.

BEN WILLIAMSON

People for the Ethical Treatment

of Animals

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