Is cruelty to native wildlife on the increase or are more people reporting it? RSPCA Qld has been made aware of several incidents involving deliberate cruelty to possums in the last month. Three incidents have been captured on video and one photographed.
“These are quite deliberate and premeditated acts of animal cruelty and show a complete lack of empathy. Without meaning to sound too melodramatic the links between this type of cruelty and acts of violence toward humans have been well researched over the years. We’re urging anyone who has any information regarding incidents of cruelty to report them to the RSPCA or the police.”
“There is also a picture of two young girls “proudly” posing with rifles and a dead possum. All native animals are protected under the Nature Conservation Act and if they did shoot the possum then that is illegal and they can be prosecuted."
To report animal cruelty contact the RSPCA 24/7 Animal Emergency Hotline - 1300 264 625.