Humane-Education Kits Rushed to Port Talbot Schools After Local Teen Sentenced for Torturing Cats

For Immediate Release:

25 January 2017


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


PETA Warns That Animal Abusers Are Likely to Escalate Behaviour Unless Stopped

Port Talbot, Wales – After hearing that a local teenager has been sentenced to 30 months in a young offender institution as punishment for stealing and mutilating cats from a local rescue centre, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is rushing emergency humane-education materials to primary schools in the area to help prevent future instances of violence. According to reports, 18-year-old Frank Lewis, from Croeserw, broke into the animal sanctuary and stole 10 cats, before knowingly using them as “live bait” for his dogs to hunt and kill. Shockingly, he carried out these attacks just two weeks after he was sentenced in a youth court for decapitating a sheep.

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 the 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, 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 humane-education pack – please visit