Humane- Education Kits Rushed to Derbyshire Schools After Youths Questioned in Relation to Cat Killing

For Immediate Release:

16 August 2016


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 78376327, ext 222; [email protected]


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Riddings, Derbyshire – After hearing that three boys have reportedly been interviewed by police in connection with the barbaric killing of Leo, a 3-year-old ginger cat, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is rushing emergency humane-education materials to primary schools in the area to prevent future instances of cruelty to animals. Leo was found “strung up and beaten” in Riddings Park last week, having sustained multiple severe injuries including broken ribs and a broken neck.

PETA’s educational materials are designed to help children of all ages recognise the importance of compassion and empathy for all living beings. The charity’s letters to schools also point out that experts in mental health and law enforcement consider the callous disregard for life and desensitisation to suffering evidenced by all forms of cruelty to animals to be red flags for other kinds of violence. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation uses reports of crimes against animals to analyse the threat potential of suspected and known criminals. Experts agree that it is the severity of the behaviour – not the species of the victim – that matters.

“PETA wants to prevent any further acts of cruelty”, says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “Instilling empathy in children and teaching them to respect others, human and non-human alike, is vital. The safety of the whole community depends on it.”

PETA’s letters to the schools are available upon request. For more information about the link between cruelty to animals and violence towards humans – or to order a free education pack – please visit

Anyone with further information about Leo’s death is encouraged to contact the police on 101.