$5000 reward for information on 'horrific' sheep strangling

Animal welfare group PETA has offered a $5000 reward for information over the strangling of a sheep in Casino High School earlier this week. File photo.
Animal welfare group PETA has offered a $5000 reward for information over the strangling of a sheep in Casino High School earlier this week. File photo. David Nielsen

ANIMAL welfare group PETA has offered a $5000 reward for information over the strangling of a sheep in Casino High School earlier this week.

PETA has also warned that people who kill animals are often using animals as "practice" victims and can go on to commit violent acts against their fellow humans.

In a statement it listed several notorious serial killers including Jeffrey Dahmer, the so-called Milwaukee Cannibal, and Australia's Ivan Milat, who all tortured and killed animals before turning to human victims.

Port Arthur mass murderer Martin Bryant was also referred for mental health support twice as a child for torturing and harassing animals.

Press Officer for PETA Australia Laura Weyman-Jones said the sheep strangling case was "horrifyingly unique" but animal cruelty cases were being reported all the time.

"We don't offer rewards in all cases... it depends on whether there is any good leads in the case," she said.

"In this case we've spoken to police and there are no leads at the moment, so we consider it useful to offer a reward.

"We're hoping it is an incentive and people who know something... will come forward."

PETA Australia campaign coordinator Claire Fryer said animal abusers were "cowards".

"We're appealing to anyone with information on the person or persons responsible for this cruel act to come forward so that the perpetrators can be put where they belong: in jail," Ms Fryer said.

According to PETA, a study by University of Sydney psychology lecturer and NSW Police consultant Dr John Clarke demonstrated more than 60% of convicted animal abuse offenders had also committed an assault - and 17% had committed sexual assault.

The study found cruelty to animals was a better predictor of sexual assault than convictions for homicide, arson, or firearms offences.

Only 1 per cent of cruelty-to-animals offenders had no other convictions.

Cruelty to animals in NSW carries a penalty of up to $22,000 or five years' imprisonment under the Crimes Act 1990 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Casino police on 02 6662 0099.

Topics:  casino high school editors picks peta sheep strangled

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Fancy a glass of camel milk?

A milking camel at the Australian Wild Camel Corporation and Australia's largest camel dairy farm at Harrisville.

VIDEO: Scenic Rim now home to Australia's largest camel farm

Ipswich man one of first jailed by new domestic violence law

Ipswich Police Station and Courthouse. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times

Non-fatal strangulation became a criminal offence earlier this year

Local Partners

TRAVEL: Musicals light up Sydney

David Campbell performs in Dream Lover.

We take a trip through one of Sydney's finer scenes

In Flames are super 'proud' of new album

In Flames album to be released in November.  Photo Contributed

In Flames to release new album in November

Selma Blair blames flight outburst on 'psychotic blackout'

Selma Blair

"I am someone who should never drink, and I rarely do"

Bob Dylan acknowledges Nobel Prize win

Bob Dylan has finally acknowledged his Nobel Prize win

WATCH: Trailer for Jackman's final Wolverine film released

First trailer for the last Wolverine film with Hugh Jackman.

Thrilling trailer promises a dark, dystopian finale for Wolverine

CCTV footage surfaces of Kim Kardashian West's robbers

The blurry footage shows three men on bikes and two on foot

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track

Heavyweight enters real estate market

Des Besanko principal and director of Raine and Horne Springfield.

Major rebranding which has seen two big name brands merge

SEQ is the 'greatest market': property guru John McGrath

SPEAKER: John McGrath of McGrath Estate Agents is today's guest speaker at the Better Business Breakfast.

SEQ is the "greatest" real estate market, says property guru.