Australia emu video investigated for 'horrific cruelty'

Elias Hubbard
September 21, 2018

A Victorian man has been charged after footage emerged of emus being mowed down.

During the incident, a number of emus were allegedly struck by a vehicle between September 1 and 20 on Pellaring Road, in the town of Cowangie, about 540 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.

A young man has been charged after horrific video surfaced of a driver laughing while mowing down a group of emus.

In the video, the driver is heard cheering as he strikes the birds on a dirt road with his vehicle.

"F**king emus", the man can be heard yelling.

Police say a 20-year-old Cowangie man has been charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal, cruelty to an animal, torment to an animal and destruction of protected wildlife.

"This is great - I've got that one too, and that one", he says.

Animal welfare authorities in Australia are investigating a video which appears to show a motorist deliberately running over several emus.

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), a charity providing animal care and protection, told the Daily Mail the organization is examining the video to determine its origin.

The disturbing video was uploaded to Facebook on Wednesday, though it is unclear exactly when or where it was filmed.

Anyone who recognises the man in the video is urged to come forward and call the RSPCA or police on Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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