Paddy Power are currently offering odds on the fact that Oscar Pistorius may not be convicted of the pre-meditated murder of his partner Reeva Steenkamp on February 14 2013.
They are running ads in the national press that read "It's Oscar Time. Money Back If He Walks." The brutal death of a woman at the hands of her partner is not "sport" or "entertainment" and promoting the opportunity to make money from it is a vile and offensive act which anyone with a sense of human dignity and respect for human life must reject.
138 women died in the UK alone as a result of male violence in 2013. This type of random carelessness for the lives of women by Paddy Power is an affront to those women and their families.
I am a survivor of domestic violence and abuse and I know how many women around the world are suffering right now thinking that they are lucky to be alive when poor Reeva Steenkamp is dead.
Paddy Power are putting all survivors and the families of those who died through even more pain and anguish and they must stop.
- CEO Paddy Power
- MPs and other leaders who can urge Paddy Power to take down the betting
Please consider the vast surge of public outrage against the terrible decision you have taken to offer bets upon the outcome of the Oscar Pistorius trial. Reeva Steenkamp was a young woman who was tragically killed and her parents are grieving still. Her death is not and should never be a source of entertainment or profit. I have seen your attempt to explain the decision and it is unacceptable. 138 women died in the UK last year as a result of male violence against women. This is not something that should be seen as "sport". In order to salvage the situation it would be an act of reparation and humanity to donate any profits to relevant women's charities working in the area of Domestic Violence and Abuse.
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