PETA Offers Gbp 1,000 To Nab Cat Killer

For Immediate Release:
19 February 2009

Sam Glover 020 7357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

 Driffield, North Humberside – A cat has been killed in what is believed to be a horrific act of cruelty. According to news reports, Oscar, a 6-month-old cat, returned home to Wold Newton Road, Burton Fleming, with internal injuries on Monday, 9 February. According to a veterinarian who examined him, Oscar had been kicked so severely under his ribcage that his liver was pushed up into his chest, his diaphragm was detached from his body and his sternum was broken.

PETA is offering up to £1,000 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific crime.

PETA is also urging residents to keep a watchful eye on their animal companions and to keep them indoors. Because animals cannot report their own abuse and can do little to fight back, they are the perfect “practice” victims for those who tend towards violence.

North Humberside residents have good reason to be concerned about animal abuse cases such as this. History shows that serial rapists and murderers often have histories of past incidents involving cruelty to animals. Child-killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Denis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Jeffrey Dahmer all started out by deliberately harming animals.

“Animal abusers are cowards”, says PETA spokesperson Suzanne Barnard. “They take their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.