Cruelty to animals investigated

12th May 2000 at 01:00
THE RSPCA is trying to find out what drives young people to be cruel to animals, after new figures showed that the charity last year fielded a record 1.5 million calls for help. Cases of cruelty included a cat which was set on fire with ighter fuel by a schoolboy and a kitten microwaved for five minutes at full power by a teenager. In a six-month investigation researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University will interview children who have abused animals.

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