Apparent Intruders at Tasmania Zoo Crushed and Ripped Off the Heads of Nine Birds

For Immediate Release:
7 August 2012

Tasmania – Nine birds were mutilated and decapitated late last week during an apparent break-in at the Tasmania Zoo. More than 60 additional animals have reportedly gone missing after their enclosures were broken into and left open. Police have yet to make any arrests in connection with the animals’ deaths. That’s why PETA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

Tasmanian residents have cause to be concerned over these deaths: according to law-enforcement agencies and leading mental-health professionals, perpetrators of cruel acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to all animals – including humans. The brutal slaughter of these completely defenseless animals indicates a large capacity for violence – and a disregard for others’ suffering.

“Until the perpetrators of this crime are caught, Tasmanian residents will be left wondering what savage act these people may commit next”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “PETA hopes this reward will encourage anyone with information to come forward, before anyone else becomes a target.”

This incident is also a reminder that animals in zoos are not only far from home but also far from safe. Animals in zoos have been poisoned, left to starve, deprived of veterinary care and burned alive in fires. Many have died after eating coins, plastic bags and other items thrown into their cages. They have been beaten, shot, pelted with rocks and stolen by people who were able to gain access to their cages.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Launceston police on (03) 6336 3915 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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