For Immediate Release:
30 June 2020
Animal Rights Organisation Seeks Public’s Help in Finding Cruel Culprit(s) Who Swerved Onto Wrong Side of Road to Hurt a Koala
Woodside, Adelaide – 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 intentionally swerved into oncoming traffic to hit a koala with their white flat-tray ute last Thursday. The incident occurred just south of the Woodside Road/Quarry Road roundabout.
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“Someone in Woodside must have seen or heard something related to this horrific crime. We’re calling on anyone who has information about this callous act to come forward,” says PETA spokesperson 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 and punished. Considering the culprit drove onto the opposite side of the road to commit the act, it’s clear they have little regard for their own safety or that of fellow drivers.”
An eyewitness saw the incident unfold and waited with the koala until help arrived. The koala, named Arizaan, is being treated by Adelaide Koala Rescue’s veterinary team.
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.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” and which opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist view of the world – notes that Australia’s devastating bushfire season claimed the lives of up to one-third of the nation’s wild koala population, pushing the species towards extinction.
Anyone with information about this case should contact RSPCA South Australia on 13 0047 7722.
For more information about PETA’s work for animals, please visit PETA.org.au.