Blue-faced Beethoven and sacrificial pigeons

Subject: Blue-faced Beethoven and sacrificial pigeons
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <>
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2007 15:07:43 +1100
Just a quick search of the internet and it would appear that the
"rock-chucker" could be culpable under the NSW Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals Act, 1979. Under the Act, "Cruelty" is defined as:

"any unreasonable, unnecessary or unjustifiable act or failure to act which
results in an animal being:
1.      beaten, kicked, wounded, pinioned, mutilated, maimed, abused,
tortured, terrified or infuriated;
2.      over-loaded, overworked, over-driven or over-used;
3.      exposed to excessive heat or cold; or
4.      inflicted with pain."

The maximum penalties that can be imposed are fines of $22,000 or
imprisonment for 2 years, or both for an individual offender and fines of up
to $110,000 for a corporate offender.

In my mind, deliberately throwing rocks at a bird to drive it away would be
a form of "terrifying" and perhaps "infuriating" the animal.

Dr Stephen Ambrose
Ryde, NSW


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