For Immediate Release:
3 February 2016
Group Hopes to Bring Person(s) Responsible for Appalling Cruelty to Justice
Brisbane – Seventeen kangaroos were deliberately run down and killed in the southwest metropolitan area of Brisbane this week. Their bodies were found on Monday morning on Grindle Road in Wacol. Sixteen were dead, and one was so badly injured that he had to be euthanised. Tyre tracks indicate that the driver deliberately left the road to target the kangaroos. The perpetrator of this attack has not been found. 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 this horrific crime.
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. History shows that serial rapists and murderers often have histories of past incidents involving cruelty to animals. Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables; John Travers (the ringleader of the gang that raped and killed Anita Cobby); and serial murderers Ian Brady, Jeffrey Dahmer, Dennis Nilsen and Fred West all started out by deliberately harming animals.
“Animal abusers are cowards”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “We’re appealing to anyone with information on the person or persons responsible for these cruel acts to come forward so that the perpetrators can be put where they belong: in jail.”
Cruelty to animals 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.