Reward or no reward?
The reporter from the newspaper called to ask if we wanted to put up a reward for the person who was filmed kicking the cat in the video. Some of the committee discussed this via email and it was a tough decision with different members coming to different conclusions. We put it to a vote in the end.
On one hand, it might bring someone forward who saw it. On the other hand, who knows WHO will come forward? Besides the person filming the video who might decide to claim if the sum was great enough (though it could be worded to prevent that from happening), it just seems that the guy's face is so clear on the video. It would be good if someone came forward just because it is the right thing to do - not because there is a monetary reward. I suppose that generally in abuse cases, we find it so hard to find someone who saw it happening and a reward is necessary in that case because the chances of finding anyone who saw it is small. That person might be induced by a monetary reward for example. In this case, the guy's face is clear. If it's put in the newspaper, on the Net, etc - someone will recognise him, be it a friend, ex-school mate, colleague etc. I really hope that someone will just see it and come forward because it's the right thing to do, not because there was money involved.