The Canberra Times reports today that:
A man who bashed a black swan until its head was ”destroyed” and then drove a stake into the dead animal’s body has been jailed for 11 months.
Details here: Man jailed for killing swan
It’s not pretty pretty reading, but the details are interesting.
UPDATE: The RSPCA have made this statement:
CEO of RSPCA ACT Michael Linke today applauded an 11 month jail sentence handed down to Charnwood man Ashley Inder.
“This is a bitter sweet outcome. Bitter in that a swan has suffered unimaginable cruelty, but sweet in that a jail term of this magnitude has been handed down.
“We don’t often see jail terms, but I think this one should send a clear message to the community that animal cruelty is an abhorrent and unacceptable act.’ Michael concluded