Written by Michelle Kretzer
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U.K. is lambasting the judge who let convicted thief Jack Taylor out of serving
jail time so that he would
be free to kill baby seals and sheep.
admitted to stealing a motorcycle because he thought there were drugs under the
bike's saddle. But instead of throwing the self-confessed burglar into the
slammer to ponder his crime, the judge sentenced Taylor to a mere 100 hours of
community service so that he could return to his two jobs: slaughtering sheep
in Norway and traveling to North America seasonally to beat baby seals to death.
PETA U.K. blasted the sentence, saying, "Imagining that
criminals might reform their deviant, anti-social behaviour by bludgeoning baby
seals to death is not only delusional but also downright dangerous."
It is not surprising that a career animal abuser appears to be
headed for a life of crime. What is surprising is that the judge apparently
ignored the fact that there is a strong link between violence against animals and violence against
people and that Taylor's crimes could very well escalate. Only by taking cruelty to animals seriously—reporting
it when it is illegal and protesting it when it isn't—can we hope to quell the incidence of crimes
Written by PETA
Catch this small sampling of the terrific responses we're getting to PETA's Canadian maple syrup boycott:
And a special thanks to the restaurants and pancake houses that have already pledged not to buy Canadian maple syrup—at least until this massacre ends. Economic pressure is what often makes the difference.
Perhaps best of all are the pictures we've received of people throwing their Canadian maple syrup bottles in the trash can. A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say. In this case, they're worth about 338,000 (that's the "quota" of baby seals who were clubbed to death this year).
We'd definitely love to see more of these pictures so we can show Canada that its reputation is in the trash can—literally. You can submit your photos here with your name, hometown, and a heartfelt message to the Canadian government. Then look for your picture here on the PETA Files later this month.
Written by Shawna Flavell
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