Is outrage over cat in bin justified?
The deputy prime minister has expressed shock by the actions of a woman who dropped a cat in a bin. Has there been an overreaction to the incident?
Nick Clegg was speaking about 45-year-old Mary Bale who was caught on CCTV cameras putting four-year-old Lola into a wheelie bin outside her owners' home in Coventry. Darryl Mann found his trapped pet 15 hours later after hearing her cries.
Ms Bale has since apologised and has been interviewed by the RSPCA which is considering whether or not to prosecute.
The footage, which was uploaded on Youtube and Facebook, sparked fury with hundreds of threatening messages being posted. Local police confirmed that no criminal offence had been committed and community support officers were oustide Ms Bale's home monitoring a large group of people for public order purposes.
Should such instances be classed as crimes? Would the reaction be different if it had been another animal? What protection should animals have under the law?
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