The SPCA has released its annual list of shame:
“Our List of Shame is not a comprehensive account of every act of cruelty, callousness or unmitigated sadism committed against New Zealand’s animals,” SPCA’s national chief executive Robyn Kippenberger said.
“But it does contain many of the worst cases committed over the past year and provides us with a reminder of the challenges we face in reducing and eventually, we hope, eliminating the abuse of animals.”
She said that young people unfortunately again figured prominently amongst those committing horrendous acts against animals.
“The most disturbing aspect of this youth behaviour is that we know there is a link between cruelty to animals and violence and abuse towards other humans.
The list provides a chilling reminder that people can act like animals and not just towards other species.
It wouldn’t be difficult to draw up a similar list of shame cateloguing cruelty, callousness and unmitigated sadism committed against children.