PETA Hopes to Bring Person Responsible for Animal Abuse to Justice

For Immediate Release:
18 May 2012

Brisbane – A baby swamp wallaby was found on Wednesday near Eddystone Road in Corinda with an arrow wound in his neck. The person who perpetrated this sickening act of abuse had clearly shot the animal, removed the arrow and then left him in the bush to endure the pain of the wounds and resulting maggot infections. The small marsupial is believed to have spent up to a week in agony. This is the latest in a series of shootings in the Brisbane area. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia is offering $1,000 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific crime.

PETA is also urging residents to keep a watchful eye on any animals in the wild who seem to be unwell and any person carrying a weapon. Because animals cannot report their own abuse and can do little to fight back, they are the perfect “practice” victims for 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 perpetrators of this crime are at large, other animals – and human residents – 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 as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Jeffrey Dahmer all started out by deliberately harming animals.

“Animal abusers are cowards”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “They take their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the RSPCA cruelty complaints hotline on 1300 852 188.

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