Raoul Moat - Our Billboard Is Taken Down
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Raoul Moat – Our Billboard Is Taken Down

Raoul Moat shot his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and police officer David Rathband and shot and killed his ex-girlfriend’s new partner, Chris Brown. Later came the allegations that Moat had abused animals. According to news stories, he once battered a dog and left the dog for two days to die. Reportedly, as a child, he killed a friend’s cat by throwing the cat off a banister and then slamming the cat down and breaking the cat’s back.

Hearing this, PETA decided to place an advert in Newcastle, close to where Moat lived, exposing the link between cruelty to animals and violence to humans. The ad, featuring an image of a dog, read, “Raoul Moat: Animal Abuser & Murderer. Animal Abusers Rarely Stop There”, and encouraged the public to report cruelty to animals immediately. Because of a few complaints from Moat’s “fans”, the ad was taken down within hours.

Some people have asked why we place such billboards. Aren’t people mourning? Aren’t the billboards offensive? Well, ask people you know if they are aware that Stephen Barker (one of the people responsible for the death of Baby P) used to torture guinea pigs and frogs or that Ian Huntley (who killed two 10-year-old schoolgirls in 2002) once strangled his dog in front of his friends. Ask them if they’d heard that Thomas Hamilton (guilty of the death of 16 children and a teacher in the Dunblane massacre) spent his youth squashing rabbits’ heads beneath the wheels of his car. You may be surprised how many people don’t have a clue.

These billboards draw attention to a horrifying issue, and by so doing, they could prevent the next death from happening by alerting people to the fact that many of those who are blisteringly violent to their fellow humans have a history of cruelty to animals. It seems to me that it would be offensive to sit around and do nothing and allow another human or animal to suffer if there’s a chance we could stop the violence.

At PETA, we abhor any violence to living beings. That’s why we hope society will learn from cases like Raoul Moat and prevent history from repeating itself. Please report any cruelty you hear about – you could stop a future horror in its tracks.

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  1. avatar Andrew says:

    Another juvenile and mysanthropic act by PETA. You talk about tolerance of living creatures, how about practising a bit of what you preach?

  2. avatar Andrew says:

    It’s high time that PETA weeded out the perpetrators of such unpleasant and hateful acts and conducted all their campaigns with a suitable standard of dignity, wisdom and morality.

  3. avatar Talia says:

    How the hell Rauol Moat has fans i do NOT know!! I have been to rothbury (were he was hiding) many times and used to live about 15 minutes away. I don’t uderstand why people care for human cruelty but not for animal cruelty, it’s just as bad. Sometimes maybe worse, if a human is being abused they can speak up. Animals need someone to do it for them. It’s not fair at all!!

  4. avatar Kate says:

    sorry but this is kinda ridiculous…
    i live around where he used to live, and i never saw any of these
    and yes i support what PETA stand for, but this would have just made me giggle to be honest
    theres no real link between animal abuse and murder, sure theres some murderers that did abuse animals, but that doesnt mean theyre directly linked.
    once you put facts on these to support it, then i’ll help out

  5. avatar patricia jones says:

    How else will these heinous criminal acts be exposed or brought to the public’s attention?
    Leave the billboard posters so that everyone can see the shame of these cretinous bastards.

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  7. avatar Dawn says:

    I hope Moat is rotting and burning in hell now. Put the poster back up PETA, sod his stupid fan club, they should be punished for supporting a nutter like that. He is from the same area as I am, and it makes me ashamed to think I have lived beside such a scum bag. I really wish terrible horrific things to happen to people who harm animals in any way, they don’t deserve the air they breathe.

  8. avatar Matt says:

    Dawn, can’t believe you wish terrible, horrific things upon him for the animals he hurt. What about the people? Perspective, you moron.

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