Thug laughed as he purposely mowed down helpless emus in 4-wheeler

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A young thug laughed hysterically as he videoed himself purposely mowing down at least ten emus in a small town in South Australia on Thursday. Jacob Macdonald, 20, has been identified as the alleged driver running the flightless birds over with his four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Soon after the video was posted and Macdonald was identified as the culprit, he deleted his social media accounts. The video was posted to Facebook by Fabio Galletti and showed a man wearing a cap and sunglasses clearly enjoying himself as he sped down the dirt road at 75 mph and counted down each bird after he ran them over during the 40 second massacre. Galletti stated he did not take the video, has nothing to do with the people involved, but wanted those involved to be identified and reported to authorities.

“As the emus fell one-by-one MacDonald counted ‘one, two, three’ when each bird was hit. “This is f***ing great. I’ve got that one too … and that one!,” could be heard in the video.

Friends say Macdonald “went off the rails” after his latest breakup with his girlfriend. According to  Daily Mail Australia, Macdonald defended his actions for killing the birds he referred to as a “mob” stating the emu population had been out of control and destroying local crops because they had been scavenging for food. He also contended the birds had been suffering from diseases and needed to be killed.

As social pressure increased and more people helped to identify Macdonald, he admitted he was wrong and tried to tell people he had never made any animal suffer before this. Police have confirmed Macdonald has been interviewed and is expected to be charged with aggravated animal cruelty, tormenting animals, destruction of protected wildlife and a number of vehicle and traffic related offenses including using a cellphone while driving.

The disturbing video can be viewed here. CAUTION: The video is extremely graphic.

The RSPCA South Australia continues to investigate.

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14 replies
  1. Stephen Phillips says:

    Damn good thing she broke up with him, or SHE’D be “under the bus”!
    Goddam som’b*tch: Throw the book at ‘im… hell, throw the WHOLE DAMN ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA at ‘im!
    Prayers for all those tortured souls he slaughtered…

  2. Bunny Peters says:

    OMG: WTF is wrong with people???

    This is absolutely disgusting. How can anyone be so callous and cruel? Accidents do, unfortunately, happen. However, there is NO excuse for deliberately running down innocent animals.

    If these animals are a problem for the farmers, then the government and animal experts will need to craft a policy for dealing with them in a humane manner. It isn’t acceptable to deliberately run over animals and call it “population control”…..

    This useless POS should be locked up forever (& lose the keys please). Only leave prison in a pine box….. He has a reserved spot in Hell where he will burn forever for his cruelty……. hope he gets there ASAP after dying alone, afraid, in horrible pain (& worst of all) unloved, like these poor birds…….

  3. Adrienne says:

    Tie this scum to the ground and run him over at least 8 to 10 times and see how he does. That is justice for these innocent emus. No court or jail for him


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