Find and Punish Criminals Who Decapitated Family’s Pets

Target: Tammy Ven Dange, Chief Executive, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals, Australia

Goal: Demand swift action against those responsible for the beheading of six pet chickens.

A family recently discovered their pets dead after returning to their home after running errands to find a disturbing and bloody scene in their backyard. The Australian family, which kept six pet chickens, found the animals decapitated with their heads thrown across the area and into neighboring yards. So far, police suspect that the attackers gained access to the yard by climbing a back fence, and that the incident could be some form of sick “prank.”

Several studies have found that chickens show higher intelligence than human toddlers in many areas, including impulse control, numeracy, and basic structure. They can empathize with other animals that are in danger, showing signs of stress and fear when others around them are harmed. Scientists have found that their long term memory capabilities enable them to form long-lasting relationships with other animals and even humans.

Even though these animals were not traditional family pets, they suffered no less than a cat or dog would and their owners were no less traumatized than they would be had they lost a more conventional group of pets. Just as such brutality against a cat or dog would be, the cruel slaughter of these animals is currently being investigated by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). If found, the perpetrators of this shocking crime could face jail time. Sign the petition below to ask that the RSPCA do everything possible to find and prosecute those behind this vicious attack.


Dear Ms. Ven Dange,

Six pet chickens were recently found dead in a family backyard. The chickens were decapitated, with their heads strewn about neighboring yards in a bloody scene. These chickens were no less valued than a more conventional family pet would be, and this crime is a shocking affront to animal cruelty laws.

In order to protect the community in which the crime occurred, it is imperative that everything necessary is done to apprehend and punish those responsible. We, the undersigned, ask that the Royal Society for the Protection of animals does everything within its power to find these cruel offenders and punish them to the fullest extent of the law.


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  1. Those poor, dear birds.

    But if they weren’t “rescues” and were kept only for their eggs (i.e. for what they could DO for this family), maybe it will teach these people to not be so selfishly motivated again. Who would leave ‘pet’ chickens in a yard so poorly protected, if they really loved them? You’ve got to be pretty naive and/or stupid to not make their space secure enough from ANY kind of potential predator! So if these chickens weren’t destined to be family members for their entire natural lifespans, these folks were likely going to have them killed off at some earlier point anyway (when they stopped “producing” eggs), in which case I’d have no sympathy for them…ONLY for the poor birds, who deserved to have their own lives to live out with proper care for them.


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