No hacks were hurt writing this column. Sadly.
Every so-called 'civilised' society likes to pride itself on its treatments of animals.
And while we might look askance at the loathsome tradition of bullfighting in Spain, where they seem to have an endless array of 'festivals' that revolve around making some creature suffer, we're in no position to scale the moral high ground.
Because the Irish record when it comes to animal cruelty is pretty bloody abysmal.