Animal Cruelty Offences, Defences and Penalties in New South Wales

Poppy Morandin.   Two teens have been charged over the deaths of 14 kangaroos on New South Wales’ South Coast. Animal welfare volunteers from the organisation ‘WIRES’ were left devastated after discovering the 14 animals that were allegedly beaten to death. A sole joey survived and is currently recovering with the help of volunteers. Two ...continue reading

Bestiality Offences, Penalties and the Law in NSW

Sahar Adatia.   A warning to our readers: This news story contains graphic content. A South Australian man accused of bestiality offences after he sent videos of his family dogs licking his erect penis has revealed at his court hearing that he did so because he was “bored”. Ashley Scott Dennis, 30, appeared at the ...continue reading

The Law on Responsible Pet Ownership in NSW

Sahar Adatia.   In a tragic and heartbreaking incident, a Queensland mother has been unable to survive after she was mauled by three Pitbull Terriers at a home in Maryborough. Amanda Carmichael, 41, suffered wounds too severe to be treated after she was attacked by the mixed-breed dogs on the morning of Tuesday 8 June ...continue reading

Laws on Harming Animals that are a Threatened Species, or Part of a Threatened Ecological Community or Protected Animal in NSW

Sahar Adatia.   It was the bizarre and brazen incident that saw a 26-year-old man from England end up in an aggressive altercation with a seagull after it tried to steal the McDonald’s meal he had just started to scoff down. The bird attack took place in Plymouth city centre where the hungry man had ...continue reading

What is Bestiality?

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Two NSW men, aged 61 and 76, have been charged with distributing bestiality material after police removed an abused dog from their home. The men were arrested on 25 March 2021 in Leeton in the Riverina region in south-west NSW, where they were also found to be involved with ...continue reading

Your Responsibility as a Dog Owner When in a Public Place: What the Law Says NSW

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Readers, this one’s a tear-jerker, so you may want to keep a box of tissues ready. It is with great sadness we report to you that Freddie Mercury The Seal, London’s beloved pup, has had to be put down after being attacked by an “out of control” dog in ...continue reading

Law on Drivers’ Duty to Report Injuries Caused to Animals in NSW

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   On Monday 8 March 2021, an 18-month-old dog was struck and dragged by a school bus in New Hampshire in the United States, all while the driver of the vehicle failed to stop or return to see what he had hit. Saphfyre the puppy was once “very full of ...continue reading

Animal Cruelty Offences and Defences in NSW

Poppy Morandin.   A man has been charged after allegedly killing a family’s pet dog during a violent break and enter near Liverpool in late January. Police allege a home on Glider Ave in Middleton Grange was broken into sometime between late at night on January 30 and 1pm on January 31, 2021. When the ...continue reading

Penalties for Smuggling Illegal Wildlife in Australia

Image by ChameleonsEye. Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   The risky task of smuggling contraband across borders is not for the faint-hearted. Indeed, smuggling isn’t the same as simply running your everyday errand – those who sign up to the challenge must concoct wild and whacky schemes to bring across their forbidden goods, often employing ...continue reading

Court Hears Man Alternated Between Having Sex with Pet Chickens and His Wife

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A man from West Yorkshire in England who engaged in sexual intercourse with his pet chickens has had his jail sentence reduced after senior judges determined his original ruling was too long. In October last year, father of four, Rehan Baig, was jailed for three years after he confessed ...continue reading

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