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Successful procecutions for animal cruelty

26 July 2010 ~ 17:44

There has been some good news for squirrels recently as the RSPCA successfully prosecuted a 58 year old man who killed a grey squirrel by drowning him. The man was angry that squirrels were Ďstealingí food put out on his bird feeders which he felt should be for birds only. Did he seriously expect that other hungry animals would not take advantage of this bounty besides his precious preferred species? Now I have never understood the hostility of some towards squirrels feeding in their gardens. I actually find squirrels prettier and more interesting to watch than birds. Not that it should be a beauty contest. No creature deserves to starve.

The convicted man had to pay the £1,500 costs of the case. He feels he has been singled out and made a scapegoat, but I would like to see everyone up in court who takes it upon themselves to kill squirrels. Good for the RSPCA. Itís just a pity Ďpestí controllers are still allowed to trap squirrels and have them euthanized.

In another recent successful prosecution by the RSPCA here in the UK, a woman and her son were found guilty of cruelty for drowning a pet hamster in the bath. These same people were keeping a HORSE in their small yard Ė says it all really. The family were said to have dispatched the unlucky rodent, named Speedy, because they feared he was suffering from ringworm. Hey guys, never heard of the vets?

Really anyone who obtains a pet should have to buy a licence to give them permission to keep animals. If you canít afford the licence you probably canít afford to take your animal to the vets if he or she gets sick, (or afford pet insurance), so you really shouldnít take on such a responsibility. The licensing authorities can also check that you havenít been banned from pet keeping for animal cruelty (serious assault on another human should also count). That should be true in all countries. Iíd gladly buy a licence to keep pets. (It would also create jobs in the licensing authority).

Itís great to know that the RSPCA is sticking up for small animals and not just cats and dogs. People who think they can get away with cruelty to critters should think again if they donít want to wind up with a criminal record.

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