The experts who are in the know say there “has been a rise in horrific acts of abuse against animals” in New Zealand. Below is a good example – if it is what it looks like. At the time of writing this, the matter is being investigated.
So Moo Moo received a crossbow bolt through the head. Fortunately, it did not penetrate his brain. It looks horrendous but Moo Moo used up one of his nine lives because the bolt glanced off the cranium. Although when looking at the photo on the right it difficult to see how the bolt missed the brain. I am pleased to report that he is on the mend and will recover fully.
The injury and trauma suffered by Moo Moo is appalling but the bigger worry for people who are concerned about animal welfare in New Zealand is that the number of complaints to the SPCA in respect of animal abuse increased by about 6% from 2011 to 2012, with, as mentioned some particularly nasty cases.
The rise in animal cruelty coincides with a tightening up of the animal welfare laws and increased sentences, which are in the pipeline as I understand it. Also, to highlight the need for improved animal welfare in New Zealand, a musician, Tiki Taane will perform a song with lyrics based on suggestions by a Facebook group called “Paw Justice“.
I tried to find the lyrics or hear the song but failed to find it on the internet. Someone else might do better.
I wonder if what happened to Moo Moo and the increase in bad cases of animal cruelty is linked to what Dr. Morgan stated earlier on in the year. He encouraged the idea that unwanted cats should be killed.
To an outsider there appears to be a hardening of animosity from a segment of New Zealand society towards the stray cat. It smacks a bit of the cat haters of America and indeed any country.
Original story and refs:
- http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11144986 (the Moo Moo story)
- nzherald.co.nz (the rise in animal abuse)