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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Useful, but shocking, resource

Neil Arnold wrote to me a few weeks ago:

Jon, don't know if it's of interest but I stumbled across this webite: http://www.themissinglist.co.uk/ after trying to find info on several local dogs which had been killed, and on the left column under 'livestock' and also 'animal welfare' found many, many cases of slaughtered animals, stolen rare breeds, etc, Cannock Chase deer kills, slaughtered sheep, blah blah.

Some interesting stuff


I blush to admit it, but it was only today that I got around to catching up on my backlog of emails. I woke up early, and decided that I would get to grips with this ever mounting task, and amoingst the emails that were awaiting action was Neil's.

I checked the site out, and indeed it is a remarkable resource, but a horrific one. Like all the readers of the bloggo I was aware that our particularly unlovely species is a nasty and cruel one, but to see lists upon lists of animal killings, torturing and mutilations couched in the matter-of-fact language of a police appeal was, indeed, horrific.

But a useful resource nonetheless. Thanx dude

1 comment:

Neil A said...

Hey Jon...bloody hell, I even forgot I'd sent that link it was so long ago!!

There was a peculiar case locally (Kent) of several large and small dogs being found in a pile in the woods. I'm unaware of any conclusion to the mystery but the dogs had several lacerations on them and the bodies were crushed. Interestingly, the area is not far from where I investigated the weird case of the Rochester Rabbit Ripper, and also is an area known for its 'black magic'.

It's an interesting website for anyone looking to find reports of slaughtered sheep/goats etc, that may well have been killed by large, exotic cats, but cases which wouldn't normally make the news. I sent Nick Redfern an interesting caase from Cannock Chase.