Humane Education Kits Rushed to Salisbury Schools After Teenagers Kill Ducks

 

Humane Education Kits Rushed to Salisbury Schools After Teenagers Kill Ducks

Salisbury – After hearing that three teenagers have been arrested for killing two ducks and injuring other wild birds in The Maltings, Salisbury – allegedly using catapults and rocks during the attack – 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 violence.

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’s 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 of all species 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 PETA.org.uk.

Contact:

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

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