In New South Wales (Australia) a recent RSPCA case occurred banning “puppy killer” Nathan Thompson from having anything to do with animals for 10 years, after being charged with four counts of animal cruelty that led to the death of nine puppies (story, here). With the outpouring of public emotion on social media we thought it timely to consider our responses to animal cruelty.
In 2007 we conducted a study, published 2009, aimed at assessing public opinion about the Australian Criminal Justice System’s (CJS) approach to animal cruelty. Using rankings of 1=Not at all important, 2=Slightly important, 3=Important, 4= Very important, 5= Extremely important], we asked over 1200 members of the public the following questions:
- How important do you think it is for the CJS to take deliberate companion animal abuse seriously – when the victim is a DOG?
- How important do you think it is for the CJS…
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