As usual, this namby-pampy , hypocritical society wants to wallow In sensationalism and castigate anyone who has made a mistake. What Gordon Elliott did was wrong and disrespectful. Full stop, But where on earth has perspective gone? Man has used and abused animals since time immemorial. It’s all right to blow up and maim horses in war and that’s justified as being “for a higher moral aim.” Yet only mechanisation stopped that. Modern society utters no complaint about zoos and birds being kept in cages but, personally, I deem both as being infinitely worse than any man sitting on a dead horse. Make no mistake, I’m certainly not excusing what Elliott did- just offering a sense of perspective to the whole situation. In reality, Gordon Elliott will suffer far more than adequate mental and emotional punishment for the rest of his life, even if no further punishment is meted out by the relevant authorities. To desire much more than that would simply be “sticking the knife in.” Yet doubtless it will happen from a society which donates millions to the RSPCA and a pittance to the NSPCC! The person who took and circulated the photograph is typical of the mindless, sick individuals who pervade our society, seeking self-attention. Today, everything is out of kilter. The real furore is yet to come- from authorities where perceived image is more important than human reality. How sad!