PETA Offers $2,000 Reward to Find Those Who Gunned Down Wombat

Animal Rights Organisation Seeks Public’s Help in Finding Cruel Culprits Who Shot a Wombat 26 Times

Kingston SE/Robe – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot a wombat 26 times in the face and body this week in South Australia.

The 3-year-old wombat, now named Harold, was found surrounded by blowflies and clinging to life on the side of a road between Kingston SE and Robe on Tuesday.

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“Someone in the area must have seen or heard something related to this horrific incident. We’re calling on anyone who has information about this callous act to come forward,” says PETA Senior Outreach and Partnerships Manager Emily Rice. “A person capable of deliberately causing such protracted suffering to a helpless animal demonstrates a deeply worrying psychological state and must be found.”

Rice adds, “Our native animals have already been to hell and back this year. The last thing they need is to be tortured out of ignorance and speciesism.”

According to law-enforcement agencies and leading mental health professionals, perpetrators of violent and callous acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a threat to all animals – including humans.

Anyone with information about this case should contact RSPCA South Australia on 1300 477 722.

For more information about PETA’s work for animals, please visit PETA.org.au.