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Two hedgehogs have died after being set on fire by one or more animal abusers.

Vegan charity PETA is offering a reward of up to £2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for killing the animals.

According to reports, the animals died in the rose garden at Manor Park in Glossop on the night of August 21.

‘Cruel and callous acts’

PETA Director, Elisa Allen, said: “It’s imperative that any community faced with cruel and callous acts such as these take measures to find the culprit and bring him or her to justice.”

The charity adds that a number of serious criminals including serial rapists and murderers like Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, and Fred West among others all started out by deliberately harming animals.

“Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whoever is available to them, human or non-human – and must be caught before they act again,” said Allen.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the police on 101, quoting reference number 18*399309 and the name of the officer on the case, PC Patrick Haley, or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.