PETA Offers 1,000 Gbp To Nab Cat Killer

For Immediate Release:
1 October 2008

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

Weston-super-Mare, Somerset – According to news reports, nine cats in the Bournville housing estate in Weston-super-Mare have died after being poisoned with antifreeze in the last two weeks. This follows the poisoning of 19 cats in nearby Bridgwater between April and August. The cats are believed to have suffered vomiting, fits and kidney failure. PETA is offering up to £1,000 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these horrific crimes.

PETA is also urging residents to keep a watchful eye on their animal companions and to keep all cats 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.

Weston-super-Mare residents have good reason to be concerned. Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often go on to commit violent acts against their fellow humans. As long as the perpetrators of this crime are at large, other animals in the area – and human residents – might also be in danger.

“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 RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

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