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Ian O'Doherty: We like to think we're animal lovers, but our cruel behaviour shows us up

Published 22/01/2010 | 05:00

It was the kind of situation that every child would relish. You are walking along, minding your own business and there it is -- a badly injured horse in extreme distress.

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So, presumably, you immediately run to the nearest adult, alert the closest neighbour, save the horse and save the day.

What could be better for a kid than doing that? You've saved the life of an animal and proved to people around you that you're a good guy -- hell, you might even be able to blag an extra trip to the cinema from your parents in reward for your civic, humane behaviour.

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