Vet backs animal cruelty crackdown
As appalling acts of animal cruelty continue to make the headlines, a leading veterinarian has called for greater education and tougher penalties for offenders.
Dr Mark Perissinotto, head vet for VetshopAustralia.com.au, made the call following the recent case in Geelong, Victoria, where two kittens died and a third was left clinging to life after they were beaten and dumped on the side of the road in a garbage bag.
“It’s hard to comprehend what would drive people to treat animals this way, yet we hear of cases like this quite regularly,’’ Dr Mark Perissinotto said.
“I strongly believe that it is time to introduce animal ethics education in schools to help combat animal cruelty.”
Dr Perissinotto said while humane education programs run by animal welfare groups such as the RSPCA did an excellent job, more formalised initiatives should be included in the school curriculum.
“As with anything, education is the key. Children from a young age must learn to grow up with a healthy respect for all life, particularly given the well documented parallels between animal abuse and human violence.”
“Humane education courses should be introduced into school curriculum and teachers trained to incorporate responsible animal care messages into their lessons. This will help foster an attitude of respect for the rights, needs and protection of animals as well as create more rounded, empathetic people.”
Dr Perissinotto said animal ethics education could be included in subjects that involve animals or social issues such as science, agricultural studies and social science.
“However this shouldn’t fall on the shoulders of schools alone,” he said.
“Parents also have a big role to play in teaching their children to be kind, caring and nurturing towards animals.”
VetshopAustralia.com.au has also backed moves by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh to increase jail terms for cases of animal cruelty.
Premier Bligh says legislation will go to Parliament in July to increase jail terms to a maximum of seven years and to make animal cruelty a criminal offence.
“This is important legislation which sends a clear message to the community that animal cruelty has very serious consequences,’’ Dr Perissinotto said.
Further inquiries: Dr Mark Perissinotto BVSc 07 5453 4840
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