Mutilation Of Goat Prompts PETA To Send Education Packs To Schools And Offer Gbp 1,000 Reward To Help Local Effort In Nabbing Yob Responsible

For Immediate Release:
30 September 2010

Mimi Bekhechi 0207 357 9229, ext 238

Middleton, Greater Manchester – In the wake of a cruelty case in which a goat’s horns were cut off and one of the animal’s legs was broken, PETA is offering up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime. The animal, who lived at a horse and pony sanctuary, later had to be euthanised as a result of his injuries.

Would you please consider sharing this information with your audience? It might be the only way to apprehend those responsible for this tragedy.

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

Middleton residents have good reason to be concerned about animal abuse in their area. According to law-enforcement agencies and leading mental-health professionals, perpetrators of violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to all animals – including humans.

History shows that serial rapists and murderers often have a history of cruelty to animals. Violent criminal Steven Barker, child-killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables and serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (Dunblane massacre), Fred West and Ian Brady all started on their violent paths by deliberately harming animals. Raoul Moat, the gunman responsible for shooting his ex-girlfriend and killing her new partner and later himself, also reportedly had a history of abusing animals.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact PETA on 020 7357 9229.