PETA Offers Gbp 1,000 To Help Nab Newsome Cat Attackers

For Immediate Release:
18 January 2011

Sandra Smiley 0207 357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

Newsome, West Yorkshire – PETA is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who tortured and mutilated a 6-year-old tabby cat named Ziya in West Yorkshire. The cat disappeared from her home in the King’s Mill Lane area of Newsome, and when she returned three days later, fur was missing from her back, part of her right ear had been torn off and she also had teeth missing. Ziya is believed to have had acid or a hot liquid thrown over her, burning her fur and skin in this heinous manner. This is the latest in a spate of attacks on animals in West Yorkshire, including in Wakefield, where a cat was hanged and shot.

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PETA is urging residents to keep a watchful eye on their animal companions and to keep them indoors. Because animals cannot report incidents of abuse against them and can do little to fight back, they are the perfect “practice” victims for those who tend towards violence.

History shows that past incidents involving cruelty to animals regularly appear in the records of serial rapists and murderers. Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Jeffrey Dahmer all started out by deliberately harming animals.

“It is imperative that any community faced with such horrific animal abuse take measures to find the culprit or culprits and stop the violence”, says PETA spokesperson Suzanne Barnard. “Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whoever is available to them, human or non-human.”

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