For Immediate Release:
22 September 2017
Group Hopes to Bring Person(s) Responsible for Appalling Cruelty to Justice
Rockhampton – Authorities are appealing for information regarding the death of a crocodile who was shot in the head and found in the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton. The animal was 5.2 metres long and was estimated from his size to be between 80 and 100 years old. 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.
“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 perpetrator never shoots an animal again.”
Crocodiles are a protected species, and it is an offence under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to kill a crocodile. The maximum penalty for killing an “iconic” crocodile – meaning one greater than 5 metres in length – is $28,383.75. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection on 1300 130 372 or Police Link on 13 14 44.
For more information about cruelty to animals, please visit PETA.org.au.