Teenagers mutilate native turtle, videos shared via app

A screenshot of the alleged attack on a native turtle involving three boys at the Weir, filmed and shared on Snapchat.
A screenshot of the alleged attack on a native turtle involving three boys at the Weir, filmed and shared on Snapchat.

A CRUEL attack on a native turtle, allegedly captured and decapitated at the weir last year, has landed three boys under investigation.

But uncovering how the incident is being dealt with, and by whom, has proven a hard case to crack.

While the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries confirmed it received a complaint from an Emerald resident over the December 14 attack, it was unable to provide a clear response.

It is alleged three videos of the attack were filmed and shared on the social media app Snapchat, and depicted one boy holding the turtle by the head, while the second boy decapitated it with a knife. The third recorded it.

"A complaint was received from a person in Emerald on 14 December, 2015, concerning the way a turtle had been killed," the DAF spokesperson confirmed.

A screenshot of the alleged attack on a native turtle  involving three boys at the Weir, filmed and shared via Snaptchat.
A screenshot of the alleged attack on a native turtle involving three boys at the Weir, filmed and shared via Snaptchat.

But when contacted for a response, an EHP spokesperson said the EHP did not have the authority to investigate the attack.

"The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, which includes Biosecurity Queensland, is responsible for animal cruelty matters (under the Animal Cruelty and Protection Act 2001).

"Therefore, EHP only has authority to investigate alleged taking of a native animal without a permit, and in this case, I can confirm there was insufficient evidence to proceed."

Both departments have since bounced inquiries to the other, and it seems DAF has not got the message from EHP.

"While this incident is under investigation by EHP, it is not appropriate for Biosecurity Queensland to comment on this particular case," the DAF spokesperson said.

"Acts of animal cruelty will not be tolerated and significant penalties, including imprisonment, are in place under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 for animal cruelty or a breach of the duty of care to an animal."

CQ News has since made further inquiries with both departments and is awaiting a response.

Topics:  animal cruelty crime daf editors picks ehp

Stay Connected

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

Water bill reprieve for Isaac ratepayers

ISAAC ratepayers have been granted twelve months by Isaac Regional Council before they have to pay for water use.

Ratepayers in Isaac have 12 months to pay for water use.

Regions join to advocate for affordable housing

Regions collaborate: Isaac Affordable Housing Trust and Central HighlandsHousing Company Limited teaming up to lobby for better affordable housing. Pictured:IAHT Director and IRC Cr Nick Wheeler, CHQHC Company secretary and CHRC CEOScott Mason, IAHT Company Secretary Chris Wright, IAHT Chair and IRC Mayor AnneBaker, CHQHC Director and CHRC Cr David Lacey and CHQHC Chair and CHRCMayor Kerry Hayes.

Local councils join forces for affordable housing.

Light competition spreads Christmas cheer

Council plant operator/labourer Opeta Iona lends a helping hand to hang Christmaslights in the Emerald CBD.

Show your love of Christmas and enter the Light Up Your Town comp.

Local Partners

Heatwave to continue for days as temps top 40 in some areas

IF you want to experience the pure heat of the start of Queensland's scorching weather, you can't go past Birdsville.

Santa is coming to Isaac libraries

CHRISTMAS CRAFT: Join in the special Story Time sessions at Isaac Libraries December 5 to 9 and create your own Christmas craft like Sophia, Evie and Ashley Williams.

Santa is dropping in to the libraries in the Isaac Region.

Warm up your voice for the Rotary Carols

The Rotary Carols by Candlelight is on this Sunday.

The Central Highlands Rotary Carols is on this weekend.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Mandy Moore feels like she's 60

Mandy Moore sees herself as a 60-year-old rather than a 32-year-old

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

Saying "I do" changed Shia's outlook on marriage

Shia LaBeouf has a new outlook on marriage since he tied the knot.

Singer tunes in to first movie role

Tori Kelly voices the character Meena in the movie Sing.

Musician Tori Kelly voices Meena the teenage elephant in Sing

Cricketing greats bring Aussie mateship to commentary box

Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist.

ADAM Gilchrist enjoys the fun of calling the Big Bash League.

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

How your home can earn you big $$$$ this Christmas

This luxury Twin Waters home rents out over Christmas for more than $6000 a week.

Home owners earning thousands renting out their homes this Christmas

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!