Disturbing footage has been released by the RSPCA over various possum attacks around the country.
Videos have emerged of several cases, including a human biting a live possum, another one bashing and terrorising a possum, and a possum in a net being thrown to a pack of dogs.
The distressing footage has rattled the RSPCA, who are now desperately calling on the public to report animal cruelty cases.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
They were made aware of the deliberate acts of cruelty over the past month, which RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty says is very disturbing.
“The videos depict people deliberately torturing defenseless animals.
“In one video a possum is dragged from a tree and then squeezed and slammed onto a wall before being hurled into the bush.
“In another, a live possum is wrapped in a net before being thrown to dogs that tear it to pieces and a third video shows a young man biting and chewing a possum before hurling it into the darkness.
“These are quite deliberate and premeditated acts of animal cruelty and show a complete lack of empathy.
“Without meaning to sound too melodramatic the links between this type of cruelty and acts of violence toward humans have been well researched over the years.
“We’re urging anyone who has any information regarding incidents of cruelty to report them to the RSPCA or the police.
“There is also a picture of two young girls “proudly” posing with rifles and a dead possum.
“All native animals are protected under the Nature Conservation Act and if they did shoot the possum then that is illegal and they can be prosecuted.”