For Immediate Release:
5 May 2016
Group Hopes to Bring Person(s) Responsible for Appalling Cruelty to Justice
Cairns – Wallabies are being deliberately hit and run over by motorists at White Rock, who’ve struck and killed at least five victims during the past two weeks. Residents say people in the area have been murdering the native animals for “sport”. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia are offering up to $5,000 as a reward for information leading to the identification and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these horrific crimes.
Because animals cannot report abuse and can do little to fight back, they’re often used as “practice” victims by those who tend towards violence.
Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often go on to commit violent acts against their fellow humans. As long as the perpetrator of this crime is at large, other animals – including humans – might also be in danger. The world’s most notorious serial killers – including Jeffrey Dahmer, Dennis Rader and Albert DeSalvo, better known as the Boston Strangler – have long, documented histories of harming animals. In Australia, murderers such as Paul Denyer, John Travers and Ivan Milat tortured and killed animals before turning to human victims.
“Animal abusers are cowards”, says PETA Australia Campaign Coordinator Claire Fryer. “We’re appealing to anyone with information on the person or persons responsible for this cruel act to come forward so that the perpetrators can be put where they belong: in jail.”
Animals who are found alive on the roadside should be taken to the nearest 24-hour veterinary clinic. If you are unable to transport an animal yourself, please call the RSPCA or local wildlife group and stay with the animal until a rescuer arrives. There are also products available, such as sonic whistles, which can help repel wildlife from coming too close to moving vehicles.
Cruelty to animals in Queensland carries a penalty of up to $235,000 or three years’ imprisonment under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the RSPCA on 1300 264 625.
For more information about cruelty to animals, please visit PETA.org.au.