An Animal Rights Group has blamed the the decapitation of more than 20 ducks in Edenderry on the depiction of cruelty to animals on RTE television programme Love/Hate.
In a statement, Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN), claims that scenes of animal abuse, such as those seen in Love/Hate, is doing damage to the already tough work of curbing cruelty to animals.
It questions whether the decapitation of the ducks was a ‘copy cat’ of a previous scene in Love Hate where pigeons necks were snapped.
“This is not a game we’re playing and this is not public entertainment,” says ARAN’s John Carmody. “We’ve been reporting all week about the increase in violent crimes towards animals and that scenes in Love Hate are putting sick ideas into already sick individuals who get kicks from tormenting and torturing defenseless animals. Today we are horrified at the latest reports of ducks heads been ripped off. Was this just a coincidence or was it some heartless individual with serious time on their hands, I beg to differ and we’re out to get them locked up.”
ARAN has urged the public to come forward with information that will lead to the arrest of the person or persons responsible, and is willing to offer a reward of €1500 with information that may lead to a conviction.
ARAN feels individuals who engage in such sordid behaviour need psychological evaluation as well as a stiff fine and jail sentence if convicted.
The ducks were introduced to the harbour in Edenderry by the local Tidy Towns group several years ago. Only the heads are being left behind which has led to speculation that the ducks have been taken for food.