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12th July - Humane Society International offers $5000 reward to solve horrific case of wombat killings      



12th July 2017

Humane Society International is offering a $5000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a horrific attack that has left five wombats dead at a South Gippsland campsite in Victoria.

The five animals are thought to have either been shot or run over by a four-wheel drive.

The perpetrators of this appalling crime must be brought to justice so that it’s made clear to everyone that brutality against our native wildlife is a crime that incurs a serious penalty,” said Nicola Beynon, Humane Society International’s Head of Campaigns in Australia.

The animals were found at a trashed campsite, with a burnt out picnic table, vandalised trees and a sign laced with shotgun bullets. It is believed that those involved were in the campsite area on June 29 or 30.

“Wombats are typically solitary creatures that are nocturnal and are found predominately in the southeastern parts of Australia. Why people would want to attack them is incomprehensible,” continued Ms Beynon.

“This kind of senseless cruelty to animals should be of the utmost concern for authorities. Overwhelming evidence suggests that people who commit acts of violence upon animals also present a high risk of going on to commit violence against humans,” concluded Ms Beynon.

Penalties for animal cruelty in Victoria incur a fine of up to $74,620 and/or two years’ imprisonment. Humane Society International is urging anyone with information to contact us on 1800 333 737.


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