Man charged over shocking video of kangaroo's throat being slit

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A 43-year-old man has been charged in Australia after horrifying footage emerged of a kangaroo being brutally killed by having its throat repeatedly cut.

The disturbing footage posted on social media shows the man approaching the wounded kangaroo as it sits helplessly on the floor before cutting its throat dozens of times with a hunting knife.

The Eastern Grey kangaroo – a protected species – attempts to stand up and flee, but the knifeman violently grabs the animal by the tail and pins it down with his right foot.

The stricken animal can be heard growling in pain as he then begins to slash at its throat.

“Just face it, that’s your fate, let me finish this as early as I can,” he is heard to say, as others can be heard laughing in the background.

The clip, which has received almost four million views since it was posted, has sparked a criminal investigation and on Wednesday a man was arrested in Ringwood, Melbourne,

Officers allegedly seized firearms, knives and mobile phones from the man’s home.

Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) said the man was arrested on Wednesday night and was charged with one count of destroying protected wildlife.

He was bailed and will face the Ringwood Magistrates Court in Melbourne at a later date, and faces a hefty fine and six to 24 months jail.


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