Op-ed: This is yet another sad story of animal abuse by a sorry excuse for a human being but once again it is being made public in the hope that there will be real justice for the dog involved and that British judges and law enforcers will get their act in order and hand down proper sentences to those found guilty of such abuse.
The following forms a petition - "Petitioning: The Honorable Sentencing Judge from Bury Magistrates Court.
20-year-old Jordan Smith is accused of pounding, kicking and even whipping his Staffordshire bull terrier during a three-month span. The disturbing attacks were witnessed by shocked neighbours in Rochdale, England. Some of them were recorded and now serve as valuable evidence against the defendant.
This writer does not agree with corporal or capital punishment but might opt for the first in this case.
Perhaps a tough of the lash or birch might make him realise the pain and suffering he inflicted on this animal.
But maybe he only knows a life of violence and it would have little effect.
What he does need is a tough sentence and not a half ass one. A lifetime ban on animal ownership must be included.
If you will be so cruel to a defenceless animal, one that relies on you for food, love and shelter, you are a worry to society as a whole.
And when Prince Charles says he may make sure the RSPCA drop the R let him read this story and remember the sterling work the RSPCA does each and every day. The fact he enjoys hunting says it all.
The animal charity will still be widely supported with or without the royal seal of approval.
Follow this link to the petition and sign it now please.
Op-ed: What is it with animal cruelty? Is the number of moronic thugs that get pleasure out of the pain of animals on the increase or is it just 24/7 rolling news highlighting such cases?
Either way Tuesday we reported on the torture of tiny pup Chunky and a petition for stricter animal cruelty laws in the UK and Wednesday we carry another horrific story of abuse.
Two kittens were found dumped in a wet cardboard box in London; they were starving hungry, flea ridden and had sustained injuries - they had bleeding sores, broken bones and paws had been sliced off!
What type of monster or monsters does such cruel acts to tiny, young animals?
If and when the attackers are apprehended what sort of justice will they face?
Will any sentences be appropriate or inadequate?
Staff at the Celia Hammond Animal Trust Clinic, in Canning Town East London, named the kitties Luke and Skywalker after favourite Star Wars characters after they arrived in their care.
The images and details of injuries are graphic and should not be reported too strongly in case there are copycat attacks, no pun intended.
Sadly details of injuries and cruelty to people and animals can feed the minds of thugs and morons.
But the injuries are worth noting if only to highlight the suffering these two little kittens endured and just how cruel some people can be.
The Daily Mirror reports "Little Skywalker was found to be suffering from a broken back, while the thugs had sliced off Luke's tail and the bottom of his feet - leaving him without any toes or pads."
Cat's feet are very sensitive and the pain must have been excruciating.
"Staff found Skywalker was barely able to walk, and X rays revealed he had suffered a spinal injury. And they discovered Luke's toes on his back feet and the end of his tail had been severed, and he had lost the pads on both back feet, along with his toes."
"Celia Hammond, who founded the trust, said: "They have already suffered so much in their short lives but, you only have to look at their little faces, watch their happiness when they play and hear them purr when cuddled to know they deserve this chance. "They were in such a terrible state; we were not quite sure which way it was going to go. "It was very upsetting; I just don't know how that could have happened. They have been in intensive care, but they are recovering."
And the good news is that for all the cruel heartless people who inflict suffering on animals, and sometimes, human British people can be and usually some of the most generous in the world.
Donations have been flooding in to the Trust Clinic to help fund the care of Luke and Skywalker.
Since brought into the treatment centre in January donations of £4,500 were quickly made. This week with mainstream media publicity highlighting the case hopefully the sky will be the financial limit.
Hours after the £4,500 total the East London advertiser reported that donations had passed the £7,000 mark.
The kitties have undergone surgery more than once and then there are costs such as X Rays, pain relief and physio. The feline brothers will also need reconstructive surgery.
If donations soar the Trust Clinic will be able to use the money to further their great work.
The kittens are reportedly doing well and remain loving and friendly which is surprising but not entirely a good thing. It will however make rehoming easier.
To make a donation for Luke and Skywalker’s treatment, visit the charity’s Just Giving page.
At time of writing the total raised is ££11,234.44.
More and graphic images at the Daily Mirror here
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Across Spain local Saints are celebrated during the summer months with a range of festivities on specific days and by way of fiestas. Then there are the cruel bull runs.
One of the most famous and cruel bull runs gets underway in Pamplona this Monday and the slaughter it will last nine days.
The festival attracts a huge number of visitors to the region to enjoy free flowing wine and sport - the sport of goading bulls as tourists and locals try to out run the tormented creatures as the bulls make their way to a slow painful death in the bull ring.
The fiesta is a great spectacular for many and makes money for the region but surely at a barbaric price. It has tradition, wine, fun and more until the bull runs begin; then the pace changes and the fiesta sinks into a pit of animal cruelty.
These days most civilised nations try to treat animals, even those destined to end up on dinner plates, with respect rather than abuse. That is the ideal but it is broken many times over in all too many countries.
The Pamplona bull running does not hide its cruelty but displays it for the entire world to see. Those tourists who visit as it is 'great fun' for them to enjoy ought to take a turn at being the 'sport'.
In Pamplona as drunken crowds of mainly men gather, packed together under a searing sun, the bull’s journey to death begins.
The crowds of participants run as the bulls chase them occasionally scoring a hit and physically injuring a runner. At the end the tired runners relax while the bulls enter the bull ring to fight until they are dead.
Here is how Peta describes bull fighting:
The dagger is supposed to cut the animal's spinal cord, but even this cruel stroke can be botched, leaving the bull conscious but paralysed as he is chained by his horns and dragged out of the arena.
If you visit Spain and visit the bull ring to watch an event or take part in the Pamplona bull runs you are no better than any other animal abuser; that is this writer's opinion but it has more than a ring of truth to it.
The bull run is thought to have its roots in butchering of the past. It was a way to speed up animals being transported for slaughter; fear tactics were used to make the animal get a move on.
So what place do the bull runs have in the 21st Century? None.
Apart from appealing to morons, traditionalists and increasing the sale of alcohol and tourism they are simply cruel, unnecessary and vile. Perhaps the roles could be reversed. The bulls run ahead whilst the people run behind attempting to catch a bull. Those who fail could be put to death. Ridiculous? Yes as ridiculous as the Pamplona Bull Runs and the people who actively participate.
These bull runs have been put on record since 1924. In that time 15 people have been killed. The only word I feel moved to utter is good!
July 10 2014 - Author of Pamplona Bull Run Survival Guide is Badly Gored by a Bull: Bill Hillmann in Hospital - err serves him right.
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