A pig has been raped and six chickens have been killed in a sickening attack on a Nimbin permaculture college farm.
Polly, the pig, suffered bruising and cuts to her face, as well as bruising around her flanks and a bleeding vulva. Several chickens were found with their necks wrung, others had been completely decapitated, and another was found alive but suffering with such severe injuries she had to be euthanised.
PETA 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.
Only 1 per cent of cruelty-to-animals offenders have 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.
Cruelty to animals in New South Wales carries a penalty of up to $22,000 or five years’ imprisonment under the Crimes Act 1990 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979.