Lyttle says authorities must treat animal cruelty crimes with utmost seriousness

East Belfast Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has said authorities must treat animal cruelty crimes with the utmost seriousness, as five men have gone on trial for a number of animal cruelty charges in relation to an alleged incident of badger baiting in Carrowdore, Co Down, in 2012.

“I utterly condemn all forms of animal cruelty but badger baiting is among the most horrific,” he said.

“It is absolutely inhuman to condemn animals to such cruel and torturous deaths. It is therefore essential that authorities treat these crimes with the seriousness they deserve.

“Badger baiting is wrong legally and morally, and its barbarity needs highlighted. I would urge anyone with information on this activity or other animal welfare issues to contact police immediately and help bring such practises to an end.”

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