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Sentencing laws regarding animal cruelty

Eligibility - Queensland citizens

Principal Petitioner:

Kristy Mills
183 Bluff Road

Total Signatures - 222

Sponsoring Member: Jon Krause MP

Posting Date: 6/08/2013

Tabled Date: 6/08/2013

Responded By: Hon Jarrod Bleijie MP on 3/09/2013

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

The petition of citizens of Queensland draws to the attention of the House the plea of guilty Wayne Charles Hartwig in the Caboolture Magistrates Court on three charges: two counts of injuring animals and one count of trespass.  The evidence revealed that he threw rocks, whipped and beat two alpacas with a large metal pole found at the school.  The attack lasted half an hour and left one alpaca dead at the scene and the other left alive for three hours before it was euthanised.  He was convicted and sentenced to nine months imprisonment in total with immediate parole.


Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to ask the Attorney-General to appeal the sentence; and further, the House to look at ways at strengthening the laws regarding sentencing in regards to animal cruelty to ensure perpetrators receive a more relevant sentence to the crime committed.