An animal welfare group is offering a reward of up to $5000 for information leading to the conviction of the killer of a kangaroo at a national park north of Perth.
The kangaroo was shot with an arrow and then run over with a motorcycle at Yanchep National Park last week.
The marsupial died of its injuries.
Another kangaroo was also shot with an arrow in the ankle at the Melville Glades Golf Club last week but recovered after surgery at Perth Zoo and was released.
The perpetrator or perpetrators of the attacks have not been found.
Animal welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia is offering a reward of up to $5000 for information leading to the conviction of the person or people responsible for the attacks.
Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who are cruel to animals often go on to commit violent acts against humans, PETA said in a statement on Thursday.
“Because animals cannot report their own abuse and can do little to fight back, they are the perfect `practice’ victims for those who tend towards violence,” PETA said.
“As long as the perpetrators of these crimes are at large, other animals – including humans – might also be in danger.”
The penalty for injuring or killing kangaroos is a $4000 fine.
And under the Animal Welfare Act, if a person is found to be have been cruel to or inflicted unnecessary harm upon an animal, they face a penalty of up to $50,000 and five years’ imprisonment.
Anyone with information about the attack is urged to call the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), which is investigating both incidents, on 9474 9055.
“Firing arrows into defenceless native animals is cruel and unacceptable behaviour,” DPaW senior wildlife officer Rick Dawson said.