PETA offers $5000 reward for info on curlew shooter

ANIMAL rights campaign group PETA is offering up to $5000 to catch whoever was responsible for shooting a bush stone-curlew with an arrow.

The Australian native curlew is lucky to be alive after being found near the Airlie Beach airport with an arrow through its wing and torso.

"People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia are offering up to $5000 as a reward for information leading to the identification and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific crime," a media statement said.

"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."

The statement said research in criminology showed people who committed acts of animal cruelty often go on to commit violent acts towards humans.

"Animal abusers are cowards," PETA Australia campaign coordinator Claire Fryer said.

"We're appealing to anyone with information on the person or persons responsible for this cruel act to come forward so that the perpetrators can be put where they belong: in jail."

Cruelty to animals in Queensland carries a penalty of up to $235,000 or three years' jail under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the RSPCA on 1300 264 625.



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