WARNING: This article contains graphic descriptions of animal cruelty. Young children and sensitive adults may wish to avoid reading this content.
“I’ve seen cats being played football with. I have seen cats with their legs torn off and eyes their gouged out. We see cats that have had their heads torn off, and ones that had skin ripped away, or had their legs and back broken.”
This is how a women working with the Danish Animal Protection describes some of the horrible treatment of animals in the Muslim-dominated area of Vollsmose, a suburb of Odense, the third largest city in Denmark.
“The worst thing I saw was a bunch of kittens crawling around with their bowels hanging out because they had their bellies cut open,” she says.
Therese. S. Wilbert, Director of Danish Cat Protection, agrees that the area is unsafe, especially for cats:
“In Vollsmose, the degree of abuse for cats is worse than elsewhere in Denmark. It is usually children below ten years of age who abuse the animals,” she says. Wilbert says that in 2016 alone, Cat Protection received 20-25 reports about animal abuse in Vollsmose, “but many cases are not reported, so the amount of animal cruelty is probably far greater.”
It is difficult for authorities to help the animals, since the area is very unsafe. When a volunteer from the Danish Animal Protection agency entered the area to save an abused cat, she was attacked by local residents of migrant backgrounds. Coincidentally, the assault was filmed.
“A group of young men attacked a female worker from Animal Protection services when she entered Vollsmose to pick up a cat that had been injured.
The young men stopped the animal ambulance, opened the ambulance door, stole the ignition key, tore at the woman’s hair and shouted in her face. The car’s taillight was smashed and the car was bumped.” The woman had to leave the cat and flee for her own safety.
Since this attack, the Danish Animal Protection agency no longer sends people into the area to help abused animals.
The attack on the animal ambulance in Vollsmose was filmed, showing locals attacking the woman, tearing at her uncovered hair, and forcing her to leave the area.
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