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Emu riding video man subject of RSPCA investigation

A FACEBOOK video post of him "riding" an emu has seen a young Goondiwindi man become the subject of an RSPCA investigation.

Jack McMillian took a phone video of himself pretending to ride an emu he had just pulled free from a fence as a humorous stunt which has taken a wrong turn.

It is understood he was on a property in western Queensland at the time and not at Goondiwindi.

A spokesman for the RSPCA said they had lodged a complaint with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) as per the standard process with any incident involving a native animal.

The RSPCA spokesman said "in the greater scheme of things" it was not the worst act involving an animal they had seen but they were still obliged to investigate.

A Biosecurity Queensland spokesperson said the incident is under investigation.

"Biosecurity Queensland has received the footage from the RSPCA and it is currently being assessed to determine the most appropriate action under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001," the spokesperson said.

"The maximum penalty for animal cruelty in Queensland is $220,000 or two years imprisonment."
Watch the video and decide for yourself if it warrants a charge.

Topics:  animal cruelty, emu, goondawindi, rspca




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