15 May 2014

RSPCA WA is alarmed at their most recent statistics which shows a 105% increase in deliberate animal beating incidents.

In the six months since November last year (2013), RSPCA Inspectors were called out to 261 reports of alleged deliberate and malicious beatings of animals. The reports related to incidents within the Perth metropolitan area where a range of animals including dogs, cats, sheep, chickens and wildlife had been bashed, tortured, kicked or struck.

duck shot with arrow 2014The figure was up from 127 cases for the previous six months.

"This is shocking and deliberate cruelty which, if the animal survives, can have devastating and long lasting effects on the animal," RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift said.

Reasons for this form of cruelty that Inspectors are seeing appear varied and include problems around anger management, personal issues, mental health issues, ignorance and a lack of empathy and compassion.

"No excuse or reason is acceptable for the deliberate cruelty to animals that we are seeing and those that are caught will find themselves in trouble with the law. What is encouraging is that more and more people are not tolerating cruelty and are not afraid to report it." Chief Inspector Swift said.

Some recent incidents reported in the media include two separate occasions of school yard chickens being beaten and killed and a 15 year old dog whose legs were snapped by intruders. However these are just the tip of the iceberg with the majority of incidents not reported in the media due to legal restraints when preparing cases for prosecution and the intensely graphic nature of many cases. The RSPCA currently has seven very disturbing prosecution cases about to go before the courts with a substantial number of investigations currently on foot.

Since 1 July 2013, RSPCA WA has received on average more than 60 calls per day to its animal cruelty hotline.

"While our work is often challenging and upsetting, we are regularly rewarded by seeing rescued animals successfully rehabilitated and finding new loving homes via RSPCA's rehoming program." Chief Inspector Swift said.

People wanting to report animal cruelty can call the RSPCA's Cruelty Line on 1300 278 3589.

Those wishing to join the Walk to Fight Animal Cruelty are encouraged to participate in the Million Paws Walk being held across the state this Sunday 18th May. Further information is available from www.millionpawswalk.com.au.