Cat's poisoning shows need for tougher action on cruelty
A cat named O'Malley belonging to photographer Kevin McAuley was poisoned and died a distressing death.
It is not a sight anyone would want to witness, but this kind of thing is all too common now, unfortunately. Animal cruelty has become a scourge.
Crimes against animals are absolutely heinous. There must be no place in society for people who want to inflict pain and suffering on defenceless creatures.
They must be subjected to the full force of the law.
If the law as it stands is an inadequate deterrent, then Parliament must give serious consideration to strengthening these punishments.