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"One group came armed with machetes, hammers and a steering wheel lock.
"It's such a basic neighbourly dispute. There are other avenues to sort these things out."
Machetes, hammers, steering wheel locks and hospitalising 5 people do not make a basic dispute. Fighting over the ownership of a cat in such a violent fashion doesn't bode well for the care of the cat. So, what happened to the cat? Isn't there a duty of care for it to be with responsible owners?
"The RSPCA believes that an animal’s welfare should be considered in terms of five freedoms which form a logical and comprehensive framework for analysis of welfare within any animal use together with the steps and compromises necessary to safeguard and improve welfare within the proper constraints of an effective livestock industry.
- Freedom from hunger and thirst: by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
- Freedom from discomfort: by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
- Freedom from pain, injury or disease: by prevention through rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- Freedom to express normal behaviour: by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
- Freedom from fear and distress: by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering."
Do these people have children?