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megimoo
01-26-2010, 11:37 PM
A DEBATE has erupted between the RSPCA and Police Association over a policeman's decision to shoot an injured kangaroo.The image shows a police cocking the trigger and pointing his revolver at an injured kangaroo in a Melbourne street.It was an emotional scene for animal lovers and wildlife carers, a scene that could have only one result.

The big kangaroo was hit by a car and severely injured before struggling on to tram tracks in Plenty Rd, Bundoora.Police phoned for an animal ranger to assess the kangaroo and its badly broken leg, but there was no one available.

The sergeant raised his .38 revolver and did what he had to do. A police spokesman said the kangaroo was unpredictable and might have injured somebody or limped back on to the major road and caused a collision.

Dr Hugh Wirth of the RSPCA said it was inhumane to kill the kangaroo in more than one shot and the animal should have been assessed before being euthanised.


"Two shots canít be humane,Ē Dr Wirth said.

ďOne shot yes. One shot has to be put into the base of the brain so that it knocks out all the vital centres in one go.ďIf you donít know where the vital centres are in the base of the brain of the kangaroo, you donít shoot it.Ē

Dr Wirth said as the drought continued in regional Victoria there would be more kangaroos coming into urban environments."It's becoming more common because we are in the 13th year of a drought and there are lots of kangaroos surrounding Melbourne.

"They come into the outer suburbs and get tangled up because they donít understand."But the actions were defended by the Police Association and hierarchy."An experienced sergeant humanely disposed of the roo with two shots," the police spokesman said.

Police Association secretary Sen Sgt Greg Davies said country police officers were often required to put down injured wildlife."Itís not common in urban areas, but police quite regularly in country areas have to put down injured animals of all makes and models and kangaroos are not exempt,íí he said.

"I would have put down 20 animals in my time, perhaps more. City people think kangaroos are like Skippy, but they can actually be quite vicious animals.ííSen Sgt Davies said police had no choice but to humanely deal with an injured animal when no alternative was available.



http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/cop-shoots-roo-in-street/story-e6freuy9-1225823820051

Rockntractor
01-26-2010, 11:46 PM
Dr Wirthless needs to shut the hell up and get a real job.

PoliCon
01-26-2010, 11:50 PM
They should do stuff like this more often. Sparky wanders out into the lake and falls through - a 38 slug ends his suffering and saves thousands.

Rockntractor
01-26-2010, 11:56 PM
They should do stuff like this more often. Sparky wanders out into the lake and falls through - a 38 slug ends his suffering and saves thousands.
It used to be common sense and people didn't second guess policeman over matters like this.

megimoo
01-27-2010, 12:08 AM
It used to be common sense and people didn't second guess policeman over matters like this.Did you notice the 'flub' the reporter made about cocking the trigger instead of the hammer ?

patriot45
01-27-2010, 12:17 AM
It was an emotional scene for animal lovers and wildlife carers, a scene that could have only one result.

Translation....3 people cried! Shitheads.

Rockntractor
01-27-2010, 12:44 AM
Did you notice the 'flub' the reporter made about cocking the trigger instead of the hammer ?
I missed that one. All this fuss over one large spring loaded rodent. Don't cry over roadkill!

Sonnabend
01-27-2010, 08:16 AM
Dr Hugh Wirth of the RSPCA said it was inhumane to kill the kangaroo in more than one shot and the animal should have been assessed before being euthanised.

The idiot Vic government wont do what the rest of the country has done....transition to Glock .45's :rolleyes:

noonwitch
01-27-2010, 08:43 AM
It's not like cops enjoy having to do things like that.


Cops in Detroit and the suburbs have to shoot dogs once in a while. They hate having to do it.


Still, poor kangaroo. It's too bad it's leg got broke to begin with.