Anyone who knows me, knows I love my bunnies. And anyone that lives in Australia, and not under a rock, knows that we’ve just had one of the worst cruelty cases ever exposed a few weeks ago.
I haven’t mentioned it on the blog, because I have been pretty much unable to be polite and not R rated. But now, I realise that to do justice to the victims of this awful crime, I have to speak out.
I have read the poilce report, and while I won’t go in to detail, I will say that it is far worse than what has been mentioned in the media.
He has been charged with multiple offences, and I believe that there are more charges pending. Despite that, there is a strong suggestion that the perpetrator will receive a light sentence, possibly even a non-custodial sentence.
It is common for first offenders to receive consideration for not coming before the courts prior to the first offence, and in general, I would agree that an isolated incident shouldn’t be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Unfortunately, this man isn’t a “first offender”. This is just the first time he’s been caught. The number of animals that he has abused is in the hundreds, if not thousands.
The torture that these animals endured was extended and brutal. When he was apprehended, the RSPCA had to euthenase two animals that he had “finished with”, but were still enduring the agonies he had inflicted, and they were likely to die slowly.
So, I have to do something. Most trials of violent criminals allow a “victim’s impact statement”, but there is no-one to speak for thes animals. A rabbit in a safe environment with a good diet and decent medical care could expect to live for 10 years – a commensurate lifespan to a cat or a dog. They have every bit as much personality as a cat or a dog. They are as intelligent. They have as much capacity to feel pain, to interact and show affection, to play, to run, to love.
Please join me in writing to your local paper, your daily paper, your national paper. Write to current affairs programs, call talkback radio, write to the judge, the prosecutor, your local member.
Please make some noise for those that have no voice.
So here is a link to the site where I keep them all. There is even a little movie (Vanilla Tartlet) for those of you who love bunnies 🙂
Sorry ! Husband is working on it, and he is very clever, so we should be back up shortly. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Ok, it’s just the old blog updated, but now I can blog from my dashboard widget. What’s a Dashboard Widget, I hear you ask ? Sorry, it’s a mac thing. You either have a Mac and appreciate it’s glory (Hello M-H), or you are a poor sucker stuck in the horrible world of windows….
A broken toe 🙂
Yesterday I was in a hurry to get to work, so, like an idiot, I was sliding around the kitchen floor (lino) in my socks. I shouldn’t be allowed to have fun in any physical activity, it always leads to pain.
Of course I slipped, and slammed the last three toes of my right foot into a skirtingboard, and now have a pronounced limp.
With my shoulder causing pain yesterday, I almost went out and bought an opera cape so I could complete the image….
Today my Mum’s cousin Terry died.
Terry was a lovely man, kind, funny, always ready to listen, and first with a joke to lighten the mood. He was the celebrant at my grandfathers funeral, and no-one could have done a better job.
Rest in peace Terry.