Punish Tourists Who Lit Wild Animal on Fire


Target: Magistrate Elizabeth Langdon

Goal: Ensure tourists who lit quokka on fire are banned from Australia.

Two French tourists filmed themselves using a can of deodorant and a lighter to set a small friendly marsupial on fire while on vacation in Australia. The quokka, a relative of kangaroos, survived the incident with singed fur and the men were given a week in jail by Magistrate Langdon after uploading the video online.

The quokka, often referred to as happiest animal on earth, is at risk and the maximum punishment for harming one of these animals is a $50,000 fine and five years in prison. However, these tourists got off with a week, despite their own video evidence and pleading guilty.

The fact these two men made the choice to try and burn any living animal is inexcusable. They didn’t simply want to observe the animal or even just scare it to get a reaction, they wanted to light it on fire. They aimed an accelerant and a match at it with full knowledge that it could be burned alive and they wanted the video evidence for themselves and for others of its suffering.

Even if the quokka survived the incident, they should have be more heavily punished then getting one week in jail for making a conscious choice that could have led to its extreme pain, suffering and death and there should be more consequences for the choice they made.

Letting someone off with a week-long sentence for the burning of a rare and gentle animal does not send the right message about animal cruelty punishment, and this crime needs to be taken more seriously in the future. Sign to demand that these tourists are banned from ever reentering Australia and that laws defending and prosecuting people who harm quokkas be more strictly enforced.


Dear Magistrate Langdon,

Two French tourists came to your country and made the conscious decision to try and light a quokka on fire with a lighter and a can of deodorant. They filmed the whole incident, pled guilty and you only gave them a week of time in prison, despite calling the crime “abhorrent.” Unfortunately, their sentence has already happened and these two tourists have most likely already left Australia, meaning they cannot be more reasonably punished with more extensive jail time and fines.

People who make the decision to try and torture helpless animals should not receive such minor punishment in the future and the actions of these two tourists should ensure they are denied ever entering Australia again. The French government should be made thoroughly aware of their actions in case they make the decision to harm another animal so they can be punished to the full extent of the law.

Help make sure they can’t get off lightly if they make a similar choice back in France and that future tourists who venture into quokka territory know that harming one of these creatures will bring them serious punishment, not just one week in prison.


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Photo Credit: Tammy Lee

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  1. feed them to the lions now.they desreve immediate death now.

  2. I would love 5 minutes with these bastard animal murderers to enact the required payback!

  3. Anne-Mari Gavin says:

    Feed the animal abusers to the lions or crocodiles PLEASE!!!!!
    We need the Bible time lions dens back to sort out ALL animal and children abusers, that WILL put and end to ALL crime!!!!
    Animals will never ever do that to humans.
    God’s Word is clear on this – Luke 6:31
    Do to others as you would have them do to you.
    God created all the animals (Psalm 104). All animals belong to God (Psalm 50:10). God cares for the animals. “Jesus said: ‘are not the five sparrows sold for two copper coins and not one of them is forgotten before God.

  4. Bring these assholes to the united states to Florida or Georgia and let us feed them to the alligators!

    Sorry pieces of shit.
    A eye for a eye.
    Cover them in gas, set them ablaze, and watch them burn.

    A week is not justice for that poor innocent animal they tried to burn alive.

    Justice is doing to them what they did to that innocent animal.
    If we start doing eye for a eye violence and crime would start to diminish.

  5. Apparently the all mighty tourist money is more important to this region than the animals we come to see. Congratulations on inviting more off this type of behavior to your country.

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