Lately I have been reading so many heartbreaking stories of animal cruelty and wonder just what we, as mostly animal loving people, can do to help our mostly defenseless animals. Humans are the only species that kill for enjoyment or “kicks”.
One of the worst, for me, is game hunting, mostly overseas, where people boldly pose with their kills. Poor Lions, tigers, giraffes, elephants and rhinos killed by horrible people who get a thrill out of killing them in their own habitat.
Bit of karma last week when I read of the hunter/s killed by lions, as they were out to get rhino’s and take their horns to make money from their kills. I am not sure really if I despise those that aim to make money or the ones who just do it for “fun”.
That kind of animal cruelty is obvious but there are lots of less obvious types of cruelty that we everyday people can help stop and see the perpetrators punished.
Cruelty can be as basic as depriving animals of food, water and shelter & leaving them in hot cars to beating them and worse. Even depriving them of attention and love is a cruel and unfair thing to do. If you don’t treat them well or ignore them, why have a pet? There are many who have been banned from owning another pet for life, for a few years etc however it is difficult to enforce in my opinion.
There was a case, in Brisbane, of a lowlife who beat his dog because the dog chewed is ridiculously expensive mobile phone. He beat the dog continuously over 8 hours using both his hands and a belt. A neighbour reported him and he was sent to court to face the Wrath of the law. The “wrath” amounted to 120 hours community service and ordered to pay RSPCA’s legal costs and the treatment of the poor puppy. This is no way a deterrent.
If you have someone you know who is neglecting or harming their animal you can anonymously “dob them in” to RSPCA OR POLICE. If you see an animal left in a car in hot weather you can call police or if time is of the essence, break a window in the car (not sure its legal but neither is leaving them in the car!)
We need to help these animals that have done nothing in many cases bar being born and that’s no crime. Many of us may be reluctant to step in and stop but we simply have to if we possibly can
Police and authorities do their best to bring these poor excuses for humans to justice but sadly our legal system fails them in many instances. So many don’t get to court and those that do and get a jail sentence, appeal and then get off! No incentive not to do it if you are that way inclined.
Below is a chart of penalties available for each state and another that shows the number of reports v those that are successfully prosecuted and its quite disturbing how few even make it to court!
If I had my way these sub-humans would all be fed to the sharks and would never do it again! I am seriously not joking but, sadly, that will never happen.
Judges and courts have to apply harsher penalties to deter however they appear to be reluctant to impose them. Our governments need to do more too – changes to the laws to help these judges impose the laws to maximum limits. Mandatory jail sentences for all those convicted are needed to punish the
|State||Maximum jail term||Maximum fine||Legislation|
|ACT||2 years||$22,000 for natural person
$110,000 for corporation
|Animal Welfare Act 1992|
|NSW||5 years*||$22,000 for natural person
$110,000 for corporation
|Crimes Act 1900, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979|
|NT||1 year||$13,700 for natural person||Animal Welfare Act|
|Qld||7 years**||$235,600 for natural person
$1,178,000 for corporation
|Animal Care and Protection Act 2001|
|SA||4 years||$50,000 for natural person||Animal Welfare Act 1985|
|Tas||1.5 years||$26,000 for natural person
$130,000 for corporation
|Animal Welfare Act 1993|
|Vic||2 years||$74,620 for natural person
$182,000 for corporation
|Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986|
|WA||5 years||$50,000 for natural person
$250,000 for corporation
|Animal Welfare Act 2002|
* Available under s.530 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) for serious animal cruelty committed with “intention of inflicting severe harm”. 2 year maximum under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (NSW).
** Available under s.242 of the Criminal Code 1899 (Qld) for serious animal cruelty. 3 year maximum under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (Qld).
Table 5: Cruelty complaints and prosecutions by state/territory RSPCA for the 2015-2016 financial year
1 RSPCA Darwin does not have the right to enforce animal welfare legislation in NT – enforcement is the sole responsibility of the NT Government
2 Facts proved in relation to principal charges
Table 6: Cruelty complaints and prosecutions nationally over the past 6 years
1 Finalised prosecutions END OF REPORT
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