Thursday 14 December 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

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.

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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