The leader of a Welsh LGBTI support group has said his pet cat was killed because he is gay.
Andrew Davies, chief executive of the Swansea Bay Unity Project, said he discovered his dead black tomcat after it was dumped outside his home.
His pet, who he named Jose, had been found forced fed with paracetamol tablets.
Davies has said this is just one of the many hate crimes he has witnessed in Wales. And while gay marriage may be a reality, it doesn’t mean there are some who wish ‘homos were banned from the area’.
‘I didn’t know at the time that paracetamol was so toxic to cats but my sister said it had been mentioned on Alan Titchmarsh’s show the week earlier. Whoever did this may have picked up the idea from that,’ he says in a new Welsh Government video.
‘I then got a card saying sorry for the loss of your cat, but with a smiley face drawn on it.’
Davies says he gets numerous complaints on a daily basis from members of the LGBTI community in the Swansea Bay area, saying hate crime is a very real thing.
‘It all started when I founded the Unity Project and people discovered I was gay,’ he said.
‘Notes were slipped under my door, saying "homos" weren’t welcome in the area and that people were fearing for the safety of their children.
‘Then I received a letter saying people had noticed a steady increase of "weird" people visiting my home and that this had to stop.
‘The weird people being referred to were my friends and staff. It was alarming to think somebody was watching my home.’
The video was released by police forces in Wales who wish to raise awareness of hate crimes as part of the national Hate Crime Awareness Week.
116 hate crimes were reported in Swansea from just the start of April to the end of August this year alone.