For Immediate Release:
7 March 2016
Group Hopes to Bring Person(s) Responsible for Appalling Cruelty to Justice
Melbourne – The lives of a kangaroo and her two-month-old joey hang in the balance after the mother was shot in the chest with a bow and arrow in Bundoora. The eastern grey kangaroo was found at University Hill on Sunday and underwent surgery to remove the arrow, which miraculously missed her heart and lungs. 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 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.”
Cruelty to animals in Victoria carries a penalty of up to $74,620 or two years’ imprisonment under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the RSPCA on 03 9224 2222.
For more information about cruelty to animals, please visit PETA.org.au.