Letters to the Editor: Education is needed about animal abuse

I was dismayed to read about the deliberate poisoning of four pet dogs earlier this month.

Thank you for making this front page news and covering this matter in your editorial of January 5th.

It is high time that paraquat be banned here, as it is in so many other countries, including the USA.

The local veterinarians have asked for it to be banned over and over and everyone, including the Department of Agriculture, agrees that legislation is urgently needed to ban the importation of it.

In the meantime, responsible retailers should ensure that they do not import it since it is obviously getting into the wrong hands.

These cases of animal cruelty need to be fully investigated.

We have an Animals Law to protect animals from cruelty such as this, making it a criminal offence punishable by a fine of $4,000 and imprisonment for one year, but sadly it is seldom enforced.

It is most disheartening that though we live in a Christian society we have so many evil and wicked people among us who think nothing of injuring or killing defenceless animals and they should be brought to justice.

Education is the key to improving our society. We need to start with our youth and teach them how to be responsible pet owners and encourage them to take an active role in the face of animal cruelty, neglect and abuse by reporting such cases to the police instead of turning a blind eye.

The Humane Society has a power point presentation on animal welfare that is appropriate for all age levels and all teachers are encouraged to email [email protected] if they wish to have it shown in their classroom or at assembly.

Jennifer Hunter