I'm not posting the link because the imagery is too upsetting: Last night in Dublin some youths put a lit firework in the mouth of a dog, blowing her mouth off and causing so much damage she had to be put down. Any human being that would deliberately cause harm to someone or something defenceless is sub-human. It reminded me that last night outside my window some lads were trying to hit swans in the river with objects but they were thankfully too drunk and kept missing, so they moved on quickly enough out of boredom. Apparently this is the start of "Halloween savagery", savagery that seems to happen every year. I'm not sure why, but I had forgotten stories of old of cats being electrocuted on Halloween, maybe it's because as a society we are all far too preoccupied with staying in a bubble that we miss things like this, or maybe it's because thankfully this is still minority behaviour that we just don't come across it.
... But if it is starting now for the lead up to Halloween, that is worrying. If you see someone even taunting an animal or bird, call the gardai, please; you would if you saw a human being victimised. If you think this I am just another person with another cause here, read the story in the Independent, but I warn you it's one of the most horrific stories I have read in a long time. Humans kill humans all the time, it's shocking and upsetting, but there is something about cruelty to animals, who cannot defend themselves or even vocalise a reaction, that is even more upsetting.