For Immediate Release:
14 July 2020
Animal Rights Organisation Seeks Public’s Help in Finding Cruel Culprit(s) Who Shot Two Female Kangaroos – Who Were Carrying Joeys – With Arrows
Broken Hill – 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 two mother kangaroos – who were carrying joeys – with arrows last week in Broken Hill.
The kangaroos were spotted by wildlife rescuers, who noted that one of the arrows had fallen out of the leg of one of the kangaroos, while the other still has the object lodged in her thigh. The sharp arrows can cause serious damage when they’re pulled out, so rescuers are anticipating difficulty in treating the kangaroo.
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“It’s clear to wildlife rescuers that these mothers were targeted, simply for being kangaroos and socialising in their groups. Someone in Broken Hill must know something related to this horrific act of cruelty, and we’re calling on anyone who has information 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.”
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” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist view of the world.
Anyone with information about this case should contact Broken Hill police.
For more information about PETA’s work for animals, please visit PETA.org.au.