Monday 23 January 2017

Wrong sort of animal passions

As World Animal Week ends, Andrea Smith is appalled by the horrific acts of cruelty still perpetrated by mankind

Published 10/10/2010 | 05:00

It probably passed many of you by, but World Animal Week -- which aims to make the world a safer and more compassionate place for animals -- ended yesterday. It was sadly ironic, therefore, that this coincided with a number of horrific acts of cruelty perpetrated on defenceless animals, both internationally and at home.

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With its month-long barrage of bangers, fireworks and bonfires, October is a month that most pet-owners have come to dread. A horrific case of cruelty occurred in Finglas recently when a young terrier had to be put down after thugs put a firework in its mouth.

According to Orla Aungier of Dublin SPCA, all of the defenceless animal's teeth and its entire bottom jaw were blown off in a senseless and wanton act of abuse.

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