Britain has its first forensic science laboratory to solely focus on crimes against animals. It is a welcome improvement to animal welfare in the UK. It is called ArroGen Veterinary Forensics. The service is dedicated to bringing about prosecutions in animal-related cases by working with the police and the RSPCA.
The operations director is Alexander Stoll. He is the lead forensic veterinary pathologist. The infamous Croydon Cat Killer case appears to have prompted this development. In that case apparently scores of corpses of mutilated cats have been stored in freezers during the hunt for the killer. He eludes the police. He is believed to have killed and mutilated about 250 cats.
Post-mortem examinations have been conducted on some of those cats but the new, specialist laboratory will examine DNA to try and track down the perpetrator. The laboratory will also eliminate from the enquiry cats who have been killed by foxes thereby narrowing the search area. The idea is to determine a geographic pattern enabling the police to close in on the killer.
ArroGen Veterinary Forensics is a partnership between the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey and ArroGen Forensics.
It was recognised that the lack of a dedicated animal focused forensics service was leading to animal abuse crimes slipping through the net.
Dr Stoll said:
“It is an integrated approach to increase prosecution rates by improving forensic evidence and the intelligence that is available to the police and RSPCA. It will be a one-stop shop for investigations involving animals. It is becoming well documented that animal cruelty can be used as a component part of domestic violence and there is evidence to indicate that people who harm animals are more likely to abuse humans.”
ArroGen also expect to tackle the taboos subject of sexual abuse of animals.
“There’s lots of expertise in sexual assault and abuse of people, were looking to apply that to the animal feel.”
This laboratory is a very welcome addition to the pursuit of animal welfare in Great Britain.
Surce: Times newspaper