South African Robin killed in my garden

The neighbours son stuck his BB gun over our wall from their side and aimed into the tree. He fired off a round. The robin fell to the ground, wounded, but still alive. My husband ran to the wall yelling at the boy. He ran away. My husband picked up the bird and brought it to me so that he could call the SPCA (who were useless). It took the bird about 10 minutes to die, in agony, and convulsing. We went to the neighbour's house to find the parents were not home and the older son indifferent to the situation. Do parents not realise that children that abuse animals are more likely to become child/people abusers later in life? Respect for all life starts with animals. Even if they are birds which a lot of people think of as insignificant.
Besides from the fact that he killed a bird, it was in MY garden. What if he missed?
I have 2 kids that use the garden. Nieces and nephews from 7 months in age that use the garden when they visit. And there are my cats and dogs.
What if he had hurt one of these?
What then?
Or is all life so insignificant to him and his parents?

Report ID: 1330
Crime Category: Animal Cruelty
Province: Gauteng
City/Town: Kempton Park
Suburb: N/A
Address: aston manor
Crime Date/Time: 20 Aug 2011, 00:08 AM
Reported By: Username605
Reported Date: 22 Aug 2011, 13:08 PM
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  • Charles22 19 Oct 2011, 01:55 PM

    Animals do not have souls, unless you are Hindu. If he can hit a bird dead on, he is not going to hit your cats or dogs with an airgun. Print a picture of an Indian Mynah and ask him to eradicate those rather than more precious indigenous birds. He will be busy for the next 10 years. Hope you fed the Robin to your cat and did not waste it into the rubbish bin.

  • Anton14 24 Aug 2011, 08:32 AM

    May Robin's soul rest in peace. You see, the first problem is the democracy and the rights which are so confusing to us at the moment. If you draw the line, then you must explain who gave you permission for that, otherwise you go to jail. I've seen parents sleeping overnight in jail because of their little angels. We need to pray for our Government and the World of ours. Because the same Robin killers will blame us all for failing them in the future.

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