PETA Offers Gbp1,000 To Help Nab Person Who Shot Goose

For Immediate Release:
20 July 2009

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

Hartlepool, Cleveland – In what is believed to have been a horrific act of cruelty, a goose was shot by yobs with a crossbow in Rossmere Park on June 29. The Canada goose miraculously survived, but the bolt was stuck in his neck for many days.

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

Hartlepool residents have good reason to be concerned about animal abuse cases such as this. History shows that serial rapists and murderers often have backgrounds which include 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.

PETA is urging residents to keep a watchful eye on their animals 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.

“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 Hartlepool Police on 01642 302 126.

For more information about the link between cruelty to animals and violence towards humans (or to find free humane-education resources), please visit