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.
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.