Boy, 11, charged with fir­ing a ging at fledg­ling corella

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

An 11-year-old boy who al­legedly in­jured a bird in Kar­ratha us­ing a ging has been charged with an­i­mal cru­elty.

Last Tues­day in Bayn­ton, lo­cal youth crime in­ter­ven­tion of­fi­cers say they saw the boy, in the com­pany of two other chil­dren, al­legedly throw a rock at a fledg­ling corella us­ing a hand-held cat­a­pult, or ging.

Of­fi­cers ar­rested him on a charge of caus­ing cru­elty to an an­i­mal.

Kar­ratha po­lice of­fi­cer-incharge Se­nior Sergeant Andy Stevens said ar­rest­ing the boy meant they were able to bring him into the sta­tion to prop­erly in­ves­ti­gate what hap­pened.

The corella is re­cov­er­ing well in the care of the Pil­bara Wildlife Car­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, but is still hav­ing trou­ble stand­ing be­cause of sus­pected in­ter­nal in­juries.

PWCA co-or­di­na­tor Rose Best said she was pleased po­lice had ar­rested some­one for us­ing a ging on an an­i­mal, which she said was “all too com­mon” in the area de­spite be­ing il­le­gal.

She said there needed to be se­ri­ous con­se­quences for in­jur­ing wildlife to de­ter peo­ple, es­pe­cially chil­dren who might other­wise grow up think­ing it was ac­cept­able.

“Wildlife is our in­her­i­tance, and we are sup­posed to look af­ter the an­i­mals, not maim them,” she said.

An­i­mal cru­elty is il­le­gal un­der the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act and car­ries a min­i­mum penalty of a $2000 fine.

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