PETA Hopes to Bring Person Responsible for Pig’s Theft to Justice

For Immediate Release:
27 June 2012

Townsville – A gentle pig named Napoleon was stolen from his Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals foster home in Townsville last Wednesday night, and his body was discovered with what appeared to be extensive bite marks the next day. The bite marks suggest that Napoleon may have been stolen to be used to train hunting dogs, but the cause of his death is currently unknown. PETA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the theft of Napoleon.

Napoleon was a friendly and gentle animal who would have been able to do little to fight back against those who hurt him. The people who stole Napoleon – whether directly responsible for his death or not – exposed him to a terrifying and distressing fate.

Until the perpetrators of this crime are caught, Townsville residents will be living in fear of what might happen to their own animals. PETA hopes this reward may encourage anyone with information to come forward, before any other animals become targets.

“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.”

If the person or persons responsible for the theft of Napoleon are also found to have used dogs to attack him, they could face a fine of up to $30,000 or 12 months of imprisonment.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1300 888 000.

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