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Idiots shoot calf with bow and arrow

One of the arrows used in a terrible attack against an innocent calf. The whole end of the arrow broken off was lodged in the calf’s stomach.
One of the arrows used in a terrible attack against an innocent calf. The whole end of the arrow broken off was lodged in the calf’s stomach. Candyce Braithwaite

A HORRENDOUS act of animal cruelty has caused a seven-week-old calf to be euthanised after target arrows were shot right through its stomach this week.

A farmer in the vicinity of Morgan Park Rd discovered the Hereford-cross calf with arrows protruding from its body when he went to check on the herd after hearing bellowing.

Disgusted by what confronted him, the farmer yarded the cattle and called the police.

An outraged Warwick CIB is currently investigating the terrible act.

A spokeswoman for the CIB said what was most horrifying about the act was the type of arrows used.

"They weren't hunting arrows," she said.

"They were target shooting arrows; it means they don't have a sharp tip, they are designed to just get stuck in cardboard.

"This leads us to think the arrow was fired at close range."

Meanwhile, a man who posted a video of himself on Facebook pretending to ride an emu has been charged with animal cruelty.

James McMillan became an internet sensation with the video he posted as a joke on the Facebook site "50 Shades of Straya" last week.

This drew a complaint from the RSPCA and an investigation involving Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry officers and the Queensland Police.

McMillan had allegedly just released the young emu from a fence and was dismissing a "myth" to a supposed international audience that Aussies ride emus and not kangaroos to work.

A Queensland Police spokeswoman confirmed yesterday that a 21-year-old Thargomindah man had been charged with one count of animal cruelty.

 

The spokeswoman said he was due to appear in the Cunnamulla Magistrates Court on January 28.

McMillan, who was originally reported as hailing from Goondiwindi, also allegedly has images on his Facebook page of him using a dead pig and a live calf for muscle exercise.

In the viral video he irreverently tells viewers that "overseas people" are wrong in thinking Australians ride kangaroos to work and that emus are our preferred mode of transport.

He then proceeds to grab the emu - dubbed Betsy - by the neck and "ride" it for several seconds.

The video has led to a charge under the Animal Care and Protection Act, with the maximum penalty for animal cruelty being a fine of $220,000 or two years behind bars.

A spokesman for the RSPCA said last week that "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.

He described the act as "stupidity".

If you have any information relating to the calf incident, phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  animal cruelty animals cattle police rspca



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