Police arrest man accused of running over emus in Australia

Clay Curtis
September 23, 2018

According to police, the incident took place in Cowangie, a town approximately 500km (300 miles) northwest of Melbourne.The brutal footage sparked outrage across social media both in Australia and around the world in recent days.

An Australian man has been arrested over a video that allegedly showed him deliberately driving his vehicle into several emus.

Police in the state of Victoria said the 20-year-old man faces several charges of animal cruelty, destruction of protected wildlife and traffic violations.

The man can be heard saying, "Fucking emus..."

"This is great - I've got that one too, and that one", he says.

The 40-second clip shows the man hit at least a dozen emus, with the birds disappearing under the front of his four-wheel-drive, before he turns the camera around and films himself laughing uncontrollably.

"People must understand that with premeditated animal cruelty like this, the links between that and other forms of violence down the track are well proven", he said.

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The animal welfare organisation on Thursday pleaded for help to identify him and is now working closely with police.

"It's distressing, it's very distressing", RSPCA's Cheryl Doudle told 9NEWS.

Under Victorian law, people convicted of animal cruelty face up to two years in jail and a fine of A$74,620 (£41,000; $54,000).

He will appear in court in November.

"Please do not "name and shame" alleged suspects on social media".

"We will be trying to establish the identity of this man through any means we can", Ms Jones said.

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