Demand Severe Punishment for Extreme Case of Animal Cruelty

Target: Newtownards Magistrates Court

Goal: Severely charge those guilty of badger baiting in Belfast, Ireland

Five men who are accused of animal cruelty in Belfast are contesting their case and demanding lenient charges. Chris Kirkwood, Ryan Kirkwood, Darren Millar, Graham Officer, and Edward Edens were recently charged with intentional disturbance to a badger den with the use of a terrier dog. This, and many other forms of animal baiting, are outlawed in Belfast and therefore those guilty of this crime must be severely charged. Urge the Newtownards Magistrates Court to deal out a punishment befitting of this disgusting crime against animals.

Badger baiting is less common today than it has been in the past due to new regulations against blood sports, but sadly laws do not keep violent people from committing crime. Along with charges for unlawfully digging for badgers, the five men have also been accused of animal abandonment and causing unnecessary suffering to animals. While details of the case are not yet public, a police constable who investigated the case called it “extreme and disturbing.” In addition, the USPCA noted that it was “the worst case of animal cruelty they had seen in many years.”

Two of the accused, Chris and Ryan Kirkwood, were arrested in 2012 on charges of dog fighting. They, along with fellow family members, illegally held and documented dog fights that ultimately resulted in the extermination of multiple animals. All of the accused in this case were released on continuing bail.

All five accused deserve severe punishment for their crimes against innocent wildlife. If they are allowed to be released again, it is more than likely that they will continue to abuse animals and commit more heinous crimes.


Dear Newtownards Magistrates Court,

Recently, five men were accused of illegally baiting badgers and inflicting unnecessary suffering to animals. Despite their guilt, the men are contesting the case in hopes of being released or receiving a lenient sentence instead of the harsh one they deserve. Two of the men have previously been involved in crimes against animals, including illegal dog fights, and were released on bail only to commit more disturbing offenses. This is unjust, as in both cases the accused were proven to have committed these horrendous acts.

Animal baiting is illegal in Belfast, and these five men deserve severe punishment for their refusal to cooperate with the law. They have proved that they are irresponsible members of society, and are incapable of treating animals with decency. Such people should not roam free to repeat their offenses, but deserve to be imprisoned to prevent future cases. Please deal out justice and see that this guilty party does not once more evade the law and escape free from penalization of any significant sort.


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