Target: Andrew Bridgman, Chief Executive and Secretary for Ministry of Justice
Goal: Seek the harshest penalty for man who reportedly tortured a trapped possum with a hammer.
A man allegedly approached an entrapped possum in a tree and hit it numerous times with a hammer before taking it out of the trap and stomping on its head with boots. In the recorded video of this incident, the perpetrator zooms in on the possum’s twitching and bleeding body as he slams the hammer into it. The man can also be heard telling the possum that he can’t let it get out alive.
After throwing the carcass into the riverbank, the man then moved on to attack other possums on video. He can be seen shooting a possum out of a tree shortly after the first incident.
This sickening episode documents the nature of a heartless and brutal person. This person began recording before he perpetrated violence, meaning it was not an impulsive act. He planned and prepared to brutally kill this possum while recording every bloody detail. This demonstrates the kind of dangerous callousness that we need to be cautious of in humans, since it is also a likely indicator of abuse against humans.
This crime is punishable by up to three years in jail or a $75,000 fine in New Zealand. Please sign this petition to urge authorities to seek the maximum penalty for this dangerous and heartless human.
Dear Mr. Bridgman,
I am writing this letter to encourage the maximum possible penalty to be enforced upon the New Zealand man who reportedly filmed himself brutally killing a trapped possum. This heartless man planned and prepared to torture and kill this animal and felt it was necessary to film the disgusting incident.
This type of behavior is very revealing about the man who committed this terrible crime. He has not only taken the life of a defenseless animal in an inhumane way, but he showed his potential for future abuses. This man could likely move on to hurt more animals and perhaps even humans, if given the right opportunity.
In New Zealand, the penalties concerning animal abuse are quite steep and should definitely be enforced upon this individual if he is found guilty. Please pursue this sick person and seek the maximum penalty for these senseless crimes.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Benjamin Stone