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PETA: Fairmont pig stabber should get jail time

For everyone's safety, let's hope that if the man accused of stabbing 29 pigs -- all of whom reportedly had to be killed -- in Fairmont is convicted, he is given jail time, counseling, and a ban on contact with animals (AP story).

Animal abusers are cowards who take their issues out on "easy victims" -- and their targets often include members of their own species. The FBI has found that a history of cruelty to animals regularly appears in its records of serial rapists and murderers. The standard diagnostic and treatment manual for conduct disorders also lists cruelty to animals as a diagnostic criterion. Experts agree that it is the abuser's violence -- not the victim's species -- that is a concern.

Treating cruelty to animals with the seriousness it deserves protects us all. If you know or suspect that someone is harming animals, please contact police or animal control officials immediately. To learn more, visit -- Martin Mersereau, Director, Emergency Response Team, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Norfolk, Va.