We were sickened to read about the mindless yobs who kicked a hedgehog down a school corridor (South Yorkshire Times 10/02/11).
The pain and fear this poor animal must have gone through at the hands of these sick thugs is unimaginable. Not to mention the probable slow and lingering death it endured before being found dead two days later.
Animal cruelty is often associated with people who have done poorly in school, have low self esteem and few friends. Many studies in psychology, sociology and criminology during the last 25 years have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. Research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of violent crime, including child abuse, spouse abuse and murder.
We are glad this matter was dealt with by the courts and ask that anyone who has any information about such incidents contact the police on 0345 113 5000, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the RSPCA cruelty hotline on 0300 1234 999. Let us ensure these people always receive the fullest most severe punishment possible for carrying out such cowardly attacks.
Fay Vass, Chief Executive
British Hedgehog Preservation Society, Hedgehog House, Dhustone, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 3PL
Tel:01584 890 801