Wildlife Slaughtered for Cruel Pranks Deserve Justice

Target: Roger Jaensch, Tasmania’s Minister for Environment and Parks

Goal: Punish individuals who cruelly abuse and kill wildlife.

Two cases involving animal cruelty demonstrate a stunning disregard for wildlife—and a lackadaisical approach toward these horrific crimes—in Tasmania. One incident involved a young man, Ethan William Seabourne, admittedly ensnaring a silver gull with a fishing rod, watching as the animal suffered a slow death, and then uploading his crime to social media. During a more recent case, authorities discovered a dead wallaby hanging from a tree near a community gathering spot. The perpetrator in this sick case is unknown, but if the outcome of the gull cruelty case is any indication, the person who hurt the innocent wallaby will likely face little, if any, consequences.

Seabourne, who in a twisted bit of irony is actually studying animals, was merely sentenced to a few hours of community service. The magistrate in charge of the case apparently believed Seabourne did not merit any time behind bars because he was a “polite student” with “excellent references.” This legal official further excused and enabled Seabourne’s cruelty by implying the offender simply couldn’t help himself, saying “I am absolutely certain that if you’d been there by yourself this wouldn’t have happened. There’s something that happens when young males are together in groups … it’s a chemical reaction where their brains go to mush.”

Tazmania’s Animal Welfare Act is supposed to impose a penalty of up to five years in jail for animal cruelty, but heinous crimes against wild animals too often go unrecognized and virtually unpunished. Sign the petition below to demand this country better protect its natural inhabitants.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Jaensch,

A man and his group of friends placed a baited fishing rod in a roadway, “captured” a silver gull, and recorded this animal’s agonizing death for the world to see. In response, the official tasked with punishing this admitted animal abuser gave him a few hours of community service, a pat on the head, and blamed his deliberate act of cruelty on male hormones and a “boys will be boys” mentality. Would this magistrate offer the same pathetic excuse if the men had committed a rape or a murder?

This entire troubling case signals a deeper flaw within Tasmania’s Animal Welfare Act: a lack of enforcement and a lack of care, especially when the victims are wildlife. The recent incident in which a wallaby was found hanging from a community tree shows a concerning escalation in crimes against wild animals. Please treat these atrocities with the seriousness they deserve.

Advocate for a strengthening of the Animal Welfare Act. In the process, protect Tasmania’s natural wonders from inexcusable cruelty.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: ltshears




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18 Comments

  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    Sadly, SAVAGES are worldwide! 😥

  2. YOUR LAWS NEED TO BE CHANGED TO ANYONE WHO TORTURES WILDLIFE OR ANY ANIMAL SHOULD GET A MANDATORY 10 YEARS IN PRISON, NO PLEA DEAL, NO GOOD TIME! GIVE THEM LOTS OF TIME TO THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY DID! AFTER ALL SERIAL KILLERS, WIFE BEATERS START OUT TORTURING INNOCENT ANIMALS!

    • So true. Have been petitioning for mandatory incarceration for decades. Scum like this shouldn’t be allowed to walk the earth. Neither the gutless judge who sanctioned his abhorrent act.

  3. Well, we are too far away to lay hands on ethan seaborne. Yes he needs to be dealt with in the streets. He has no right to breathe! Donna, when animals are murdered it should be LIFE w/o parole or be given permanent residence in a 6 by 2 plot of land.

  4. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    Might I suggest that it’s the magistrate hearing these cases whose brain has “gone to mush!” Making excuses for animal abuse instead of properly prosecuting those responsible is a dereliction of duty, and TOTALLY INEXCUSABLE.

  5. JUSTICE SERVED YEA RIGHT. WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH THESE JUDGES AND MAGISTRATES WHO DON’T SERVE JUSTICE AS THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BUT GIVE THESE MONSTERS A SLAP ON THE WRIST? WHO WAS THE MAGISTRATE LET’S VOTE HIM OUT OF OFFICE………………THAT WILL LET THE REST OF THEM KNOW TO DO THEIR JOBS OR THEY WILL BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE.

  6. All animal abusers must have the death penalty implemented internationally.I am ready,willing and able to help perform this required procedure! This vile bastard must endure a slow and agonising death.

  7. Anne Steph says:

    Beautiful Tasmania is fast becoming a nasty little island.

    • This psychopathic depraved animal torturing murdering lowlife vile and evil monster Ethan William Seabourne is a future Serial Killer.This evil bastard enjoys torturing and murdering the precious and helpless wildlife and animals so kill the pos slowly.Come on someone kill the evil fuck slowly and make sure this bastard monster dies an excruciating agonising death.This evil pos must be eradicated from our planet earth before this evil pos tortures and murders more precious Wildlife and animals.
      Rip the precious and innocent wildlife and animals that are tortured to death by this evil lowlife spinless monster from hell. Burn in hell for an eternity you lowlife pos.

    • So is the rest of Australia.
      Australia has the highest extinction rate of our precious and innocent wildlife Worldwide.

  8. THE WORTHLESS COWARD SHOULD RECEIVE STREET JUSTICE.

  9. Jose Espino says:

    I say, social media sites need to be accountable for allowing this type of videos to be uploaded, even though there are disclaimers to protect them a social media site must be aware of what goes on on their site. The law is weak and is afraid of targeting multi-million dollars corporations, this gives freeway to a lot of disgusting, unethical doing by them. Starting with the social media sites and continuing with this plague of animal abusers. A person with the animal abuser profile of the kind stated on this petition, is a danger to society in general, no one with a normal mind would do such a thing, this type of behavior is a dead giveaway of someone who is mentally sick, should not be prosecuted as a person with mental illness and sent home with a bottle of pills. A person with such sick mind should be locked up and have him or her do hard labor. There is no medication that can cure evil.

  10. DEBRA DAVIS says:

    Need to find them and fine them a high price.Charge them with animal cruelty and send them to jail. As for social media,they need to stop getting hyped and bragging on media. They r on an ego trip. The folks that take type of media is ignorant. BRAGGING RIGHTS!!!Put them behind bars for years.How did they get close to the animals to kill them? Where was the zookeepers? They need to. E fired. The zookeeper’s were hired to protect the animals.

  11. Lisa Finnigan says:

    Agree with all comments posted, and this waste of space should also be expelled from his school and any person who was there who did nothing should also be charged with a crime!

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