For Immediate Release:
18 July 2017
Group Hopes to Bring Person(s) Responsible for Appalling Cruelty to Justice
Canberra – Authorities are still searching for an emu, who was reportedly shot with an arrow near Cotter Avenue, west of Canberra. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia is offering up to $5,000 as a reward for information leading to the identification and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific crime.
Because animals cannot report abuse and can do little to fight back, they’re often used as “practice” victims by 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 perpetrator of this crime is at large, other animals – including humans – might also be in danger. A study by Dr John Clarke, a lecturer in psychology at the University of Sydney and consultant to the New South Wales Police Force, demonstrated ‒ by using police data ‒ that 61.5 per cent of convicted animal abuse offenders had also committed an assault and that 17 per cent were guilty of sexual abuse. Most disturbingly, animal abuse was a better predictor of sexual assault than previous convictions for homicide, arson, or firearms offences. Only 1 per cent of cruelty-to-animals offenders had no other convictions at all.
The world’s most notorious serial killers – including Jeffrey Dahmer, Dennis Rader, and Albert DeSalvo, better known as the Boston Strangler – have long, documented histories of harming animals. In Australia, murderers such as Paul Denyer, John Travers, and Ivan Milat tortured and killed animals before turning to human victims.
“Animal abusers are cowards,” says PETA Australia Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. “We’re appealing to anyone with information about this cruel act to come forward so that the perpetrators can be put where they belong: in jail.”
Cruelty to animals in the Australian Capital Territory carries a penalty of up to two years in jail or $22,000 under the Animal Welfare Act 1992. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
For more information about cruelty to animals, please visit PETA.org.au.