CRUELTY TO ANIMALS NEED HARSH PUNISHMENT
THE EDITOR, Sir:
It is fast approaching the anniversary when two dogs were slaughtered by a householder in St Catherine. The throats of the animals were 'slashed'. This action amounts to reckless endangerment and cruel and inhumane treatment. This is a cold-blooded act that should be punished with stiff monetary fines and imprisonment.
While extending deepest empathy for these animals, society must call on the Ministry of Education to implement a programme in the public schools and all places of worship to promote more empathy and greater appreciation for the role that is played by domestic animals in the 'economy of nature'.
Learning to care for animals, and prevention of cruelty to them, is of importance because research findings states that, "... Children form their attitudes towards animals at a very early stage in life; ... education about the correct and humane treatment of animals is a necessary part of their early socialisation. There is also evidence that links childhood abuse of animals to interpersonal violence in adult life."
GLEN GEORGE WILSON