Sunday, 24 March 2019

Teenager filmed biting chunks out of possum, as RSPCA condemns spate of attacks

Police investigate after animal welfare group shares social media footage of four attacks on possums in Queensland
Australian Associated Press
Tue 5 Mar 2019 06.13 GMT
A teenager has bitten chunks of fur and flesh out of a possum’s rump in one of several disturbing attacks on possums in Queensland.
The RSPCA has shared footage of four attacks, all involving possums, after concerned people found them on social media.
The most disturbing one shows a teenager being egged on by mates in Brisbane as he bites and chews flesh torn from one animal with his teeth.
The mammal’s leg was moving and it appeared to be alive.
In another incident in far-north Queensland, a possum caught in a net is hurled to a waiting pack of dogs that tear it to pieces.
No arrests have been made in relation to the incidents, but police are investigating.
“These are quite deliberate and premeditated acts of animal cruelty and show a complete lack of empathy,” RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Michael Beatty said.
“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.”

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