LETTER: First animals, will humans be next?
A person capable of dumping a horse with a broken neck by the side of the road and leaving them to die - 'RSPCA issues appeal after horse dumped at roadside with broken neck', November 24 - should worry those in the local community.
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People who pick on the defenceless, whether dogs, children or any other vulnerable being, are dangerous and need to be stopped before they cause further harm and kill again. Research into psychology and criminology informs us individuals who commit acts of cruelty to animals often go on to harm humans if they aren’t stopped. For this reason, it’s crucial that whoever is responsible be apprehended and our legal system ensure convicted perpetrators receive the maximum sentence, including prison time, counselling and a lifetime ban on keeping animals. Otherwise, we endanger the lives of animals and humans alike.