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Violent kangaroo abusers escape conviction
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2012, 07:29:10 PM »
 Young men Brett Saunders and Zachary Hunter escape conviction over kangaroo's cruel death, Seymour Magistrates Court

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 Animal rights activists Vicki Lloyd-Smith and Jane Heald made their feelings known when Brett Saunders left the Seymour Magistrates' Court yesterday. Picture: Stuart Walmsley   Herald Sun
      TWO men charged with animal cruelty offences over the death of a young kangaroo last year have escaped conviction.
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Zachary Hunter, 23, pleaded guilty over his role in the incident that led to the joey's death in October last year.
Picture: Stuart Walmsley   Herald Sun
Brett Saunders, 19, and Zachary Hunter, 23, pleaded guilty in Seymour Magistrates' Court over their roles in an incident that led to the death of a joey on October 21.

They were sentenced to a 12-month good behaviour bond and fined $800 each.

The case against a third man, Scott Saunders, 22, was adjourned.

The joey had been caught by a dog and put into the boot of the car in which Brett and Scott Saunders were travelling. It was later taken to Lions Park in Seymour where it was beaten to death.

The court heard Brett Saunders played no role in the actual attack on the animal other than to catch the joey and put it back in the car when it tried to escape.


It's really time that magistrates started handing out sentences in line with community expectations. Zachary Hunter's role was kicking the already injured animal once to the head to "put it out of its misery", the court was told.

Magistrate Stella Stuthridge said the matter was disturbing and the community had been rightly outraged.

But in sentencing she took into account the young men had no convictions and had both felt the community's anger, with people contacting their employers, families and friends.

Wildlife advocates, who attended the court yesterday and protested outside, said they were disgusted with the sentence.

"It's just heartbreaking. There are so many places they could have taken the injured animal. Instead they decided to take matters into their own hands, and very cruelly," said Lisa Milligan, from the Wild About Wildlife animal shelter in Kilmore.

"This is not teaching these boys right from wrong."

Australian Society for Kangaroos spokeswoman Fiona Corke said she was disappointed.

"It's really time that magistrates started handing out sentences in line with community expectations," she said.

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