A video of a 43-year-old man in Melbourne, Australia slitting a kangaroo’s throat, while his friend looked on and laughed, went viral on Chinese social media. The man allegedly filmed, has been charged with killing protected wildlife and could face up to two years in Australian prison if found guilty.
According to the Daily Mail, the horrifying footage shows the man brandishing a large knife walking up to a kangaroo with an injured leg. As the man approaches, the kangaroo snarls at him and tries to get up on his feet to escape. In an “abhorrent” act, the man grabbed the animal by its tail, pressed his foot on its rear quarters and slashed the kangaroo in the neck 18 times as the wounded animal cried out in agony.
His friend could be heard laughing as he filmed the disturbing situation on his Iphone. In Mandarin, the man could be heard saying:
“Just face it, that’s your fate. Let me finish this as quickly as I can.”
The video, believed to have been filmed in the Australian brush, ends with the man sitting down to rest – his bloodstained knife showing the helpless kangaroo’s blood as its life painfully and slowly drained away. The government only allows the killing of kangaroos when they become deemed as pests, too near crops or a danger to humans, however there are special conditions and permits needed to euthanize any of the animals.
The kangaroo killed is believed to have been an Eastern Grey kangaroo; the species is protected under the Wildlife Act of 1975 and in the state of Victoria.
The video has been viewed more than four million times, and Chinese internet users strongly condemned the cruelty. Officers from the Australian state of Victoria’s Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) arrested the suspected culprit on Wednesday evening. He is reported to live in northeast China from the city of Shenyang. He faces one count of destroying protected wildlife.
The suspect is currently out on bail and will appear in court at a later date.
Many thanks to all the people of the public who came forward with the information about the alleged offense and helped authorities to act quickly.
(Photos of man slashing kangaroo’s throat via Facebook)
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