PETA Offers Gbp 1,000 Reward To Find Person Who Burned Off Rabbit’S Ears

For Immediate Release:
9 August 2010

Alice Barnett +44 (0) 20 7357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

Scawthorpe, South Yorkshire – Animal protection charity PETA is offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the painful mutilation of a rabbit in Scawthorpe, South Yorkshire. According to news reports, Natalie Hall returned home with her family from a wedding in Scotland to find that someone had burnt the ears off their young rabbit, Colin.

Scawthorpe residents have good reason to be concerned. History shows that serial rapists and murderers often have backgrounds which include incidents involving cruelty to animals. Child killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Jeffrey Dahmer 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, also reportedly abused animals.

“It is imperative that any community faced with a case of willful harm done to a defenceless animal take measures to find the culprit and stop the violence”, says PETA’s education manager, Suzanne Barnard. “Rabbits suffer when they are left alone and are vulnerable to attacks by animal abusers. The best way to safeguard animal companions is to bring them indoors because life in a hutch is barely a life at all.”

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

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