‘Animal Abusers Are Cowards’, Says Rugby Star

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Dog on grass

Last Sunday in County Antrim, Ireland, someone set fire to a 3-year-old border collie, leaving her with extensive burns. This despicable act elicited a reaction from British and Irish Lions rugby star Stephen Ferris, who is today calling for people to come forward with information.

“Animal abusers are cowards”, says Ferris. “They take their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them. Anyone capable of dousing an innocent animal in petrol and setting him on fire also shows a frightening lack of empathy and respect for life. It’s so important that we catch them and prevent future acts of violence. Please contact PETA if you have any information about this case.”

PETA is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible and is urging residents to keep a watchful eye on their animal companions.


  • Brien Comerford commented on September 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Animal abusers are malevolent and abhorrent reprobates. They also have a pattern of being violent against fellow humans too !

  • Amelia Bennett commented on September 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Thank you Stephen for speaking up against this appalling act of cruelty. You are a fine human being for standing up and using your position to make a difference.

  • ROWAN FINCH commented on September 26, 2012 at 10:01 am

    The collie set alight in Ireland is one of the most horrible things I have seen in a long time. The picture of her looking frightened and obviously in a lot of pain with red raw skin made me very angry and very sad at the same time!!
    I hope the bastards responsible are brought to book and jailed, but I am afraid that if they are caught a fine will be their punishment.
    I hope karma will catch up with them eventually.

  • Cecily Colloby. commented on October 7, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Hopefully, whoever did this will be caught and punished but we all know the “punishment ” will be a joke. This individual should be set alight and I would be happy to volunteer…..Scum like this should be exterminated-they are capable of ANYTHING and are a danger to ALL.

  • Jorge commented on October 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    California Nurse with murder allegation, animal abuse conviction in past, now up for alleged abuse of severly autistic man in his care. http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2012/09/22/caregivers-autistic-abuse.cnn

  • Wowzers commented on June 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    If animal abusers are cowards then peta president Ingrid Newkirk is the dumbest coward of all. Let’s face it, killing countless pups and felines and such for no reason and calling it “humane euthanasia” is animal abuse!

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