Two Brahman needed to be put down after being shot. Photo: File photo/Robert Rough.A man who shot rubber bullets at cattle from a helicopter on a Central West Queensland property has been found guilty of animal cruelty.
The man was fined $1000 in the Mackay Magistrates Court after the incident was investigated by Biosecurity Queensland.
They alleged the man fired a shotgun at two Brahman Cross bullocks, striking them in the face, while heli-mustering on a remote property.
“The rubber-shot projectiles fired at the animals inflicted significant injuries down the faces of both animals resulting in both needing to be destroyed,” compliance and investigations manager Jason Tews said.
“The prosecution highlights to the cattle industry that these methods for mustering cattle are not appropriate and will be punished.
“Whilst most livestock producers uphold Queensland’s high standards in animal welfare, there are some individuals who are letting the industry down.”
Mr Tews said the man’s conduct was in breach of the Animal Care and Protection Act.
According to the act, animal cruelty can carry a maximum three-year jail term or $235,600 fine.
“Inappropriate treatment and acts of cruelty towards any animal will not be tolerated regardless of the situation or location,” Mr Tews said.
Acts of animal cruelty should be reported to the RSPCA or to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.
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