MEDIA STATEMENT: 19 DECEMBER 2020
Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst is calling on the authorities to urgently investigate cruelty claims in regards to the Port of Newcastle shooting of the Stockton Breakwall Cats.
“I’m hearing reports from concerned locals that cats have been shot in the head and blinded, but left alive with gaping wounds. This sounds like a horrendous bloodbath and it’s simply not enough that the Port of Newcastle is conducting their own internal investigation. The authorities must step in and investigate possible breaches to our animal protection laws.
“It’s unthinkable that the Port of Newcastle funded what appears to be a Rambo-style shooting operation on these colony cats.
“These cats were part of a responsible trap, neuter, return and care program. They were being fed and looked after by caring locals. This massacre was cruel, thoughtless and utterly unnecessary.
“Locals who cared for these cats have reported that they found many cats alive Friday morning with open gunshot wounds. The suffering of these sentient beings would be immeasurable- and someone has to take responsibility for this careless and cruel act.
MEDIA CONTACT: ROSINA RAYNS, 0401 991 792