We say: Ending animal cruelty is up to all of us

THE barbaric and senseless bashing of a calf this week should cause outrage across the region.

Today The Observer reveals cattle rustlers beat a baby cow to death in an act that has shocked hardened police and animal welfare advocates.

This kind of cruelty strikes at the very heart of our community.

Animal cruelty is under the spotlight this week.

Yesterday three people charged with the starving of two huskies - one of which has since died - faced the Gladstone Magistrates Court.

They were greeted at the court's steps by a crowd of around 40 protesters, highlighting the need for animal lovers to take a stand for those who do not have a voice.

No one can really answer the question, "What drives people to such extremes?" But it's a question that we as a society need to find an answer for.

Animals are like babies - they are helpless and often dependant on the good nature of their owners and others.

They rarely do anything to deserve the senseless acts of violence and neglect handed to them by people who should know better.

Whether it's a cow, sheep, cat or dog, they give us so much and ask for so little in return.

There is no need for people to act so brazenly and thoughtlessly.

Is it not enough that we breed livestock to supply us with meat and other foods?

Is it not enough that many farm animals will serve us tirelessly until they reach their use-by date and are packed off to the abattoir or glue factory?

Many cows, sheep and other meat animals will live very short lives. How dare we disregard their sacrifice for the greater good of humans and end their lives by beating the living daylights out of them.

The only thing that can end this senseless violence is us - and we need to do it now.

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