Witnesses to Animal Abuse Must Report It Immediately

Target: Jon Gislason, Head of the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority

Goal: Require future witnesses of animal abuse in Iceland to report incidents immediately.

A shepherd reportedly kicked and stepped on the throat of an exhausted lamb he was attempting to herd across the street with the other sheep. There were numerous witnesses to this violence, yet nobody reported it. Another lamb, paralyzed, was put down later that day and it is possible this was in fact the same lamb that was kicked and stepped on. Whether or not the two lambs were one and the same, one lamb abused so horribly is still one too many. The suspected shepherd was thankfully denied pay for his work that day. There are videos and photos of the incident.

When someone witnesses abuse of any kind, the right thing to do is to step forward. Animal cruelty runs rampant throughout the world, from people who mistreat and starve their pets to strays being shot and kicked to the ongoing problem of factory farms.

The witnesses, however, should have been required to step forward and report this the instant it happened. Not reporting abuse is only letting it happen again; there is no word on whether the shepherd will face justice for his actions. The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority has encouraged the witnesses for this particular event to come forward, and in the future, all witnesses to such acts should be required to report them immediately. Sign this petition to demand they implement this requirement.


Dear Mr. Gislason,

Several people witnessed a lamb being brutally beaten and possibly killed recently. Videos and photos of the incident exist. However, these people did not report the incident as it happened and have yet to come forward.

Too many animals in this day and age are abused and mistreated. It is nowhere near enough for people to stand by in shock; it needs to be reported in order to save the lives of the survivors and find justice for the unlucky ones killed by this abuse. It is just important that the abusers be punished for their misdeeds.

Please encourage all people to come forward right away the next time they witness an animal being abused. The people who watched that lamb be kicked and stepped on may have been afraid to speak up, but that should not be. Please implement a law stating that abuse must be reported instantly.


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  1. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Please don’t turn your back on the animals, be their voice:
    ‘It is not only their fellow human beings that the beloved of God must treat with mercy and compassion, rather must they show forth the utmost loving-kindness to every living creature.’ ….
    ‘For in all physical respects, and where the animal spirit is concerned, the selfsame feelings are shared by animal and man … The feelings are one and the same, whether ye inflict pain on man or on beast.
    There is no difference here whatever.
    And indeed ye do worse to harm an animal, for man hath a language, he can lodge a complaint, he can cry out and moan; if injured he can have recourse to the authorities and these will protect him from his aggressor.
    But the hapless beast is mute, able neither to express its hurt nor take its case to the authorities … Therefore it is essential that ye show forth the utmost consideration to the animal, and that ye be even kinder to him than to your fellow man.’ Baha’i Writings

  2. Jenna Miles says:

    Well yes, to an extent, unless it is part of an ongoing investigation, meant to document abuse over a long period of time.

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