Abuse is always wrong

November 5, 2012

The SPCA says it’s annual list of shame mirrors New Zealand’s violent society.

“Violence towards animals both co-occurs and is a predictor of violence towards humans”, says Robyn Kippenberger, National Chief Executive of the Royal New Zealand SPCA. “The sheer level of violence meted out on animals by some of the perpetrators in the cases in this year’s List of Shame is shocking, and underlying of wider issues in New Zealand.”

The Royal New Zealand SPCA, in partnership with Women’s Refuge, recently released research into the strong link between animal cruelty and domestic and family violence in New Zealand. This study, ‘Pets as Pawns’, showed that 50% of women interviewed had witnessed animal cruelty as part of their experience of domestic violence and 25% said their children had witnessed violence against animals. The research also revealed that one in three women surveyed reported delaying leaving violent relationships because they feared their pets and other animals would be killed or tortured. . .

Abuse is always wrong be it to people or animals and the list is truly shameful.

You can download the list here if you’ve the stomach for sickening reading.



100 days on the run

May 21, 2009

If you’re old enough you might remember George Wilder  the escaped prsioner who evaded police for a couple of months in 1962 and gained the status of folk hero.

William Stewart who escaped from custody in February has now been on the run for 100 days.

He’s suspected of the theft of several vehicles and burglaries in Canterbury as he’s continued to evade police.

He’s been called a folk hero too but the farmers who’ve been victims of theft aren’t amused. One suspects that Stewart spent several days in his woolshed,  surviving on meat taken from a freezer and cooked in a microwave.

Women’s refuge, also rejects any use of the term hero for the man who’s been convicted for violence against women.

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