LISTEN: RSPCA dubs pig killing as serious/inhumane offence

12.30pm: A RSPCA inspector has dubbed the killing of a sow with five arrow shots as a serious and inhumane offence.

Central Queensland RSPCA inspector Claire Gordon said under Queensland legislation it is illegal to kill any animal inhumanely, meaning that the first shot should be the kill shot.

Given that the sow at Port Curtis had five arrow wounds, Ms Gordon said this could not be classified as a humane killing.

"The maximum penalty is $235,600 and a possibility of three years in prison," she said.


7.15am: THE OWNER of a pure bred Berkshire sow is distraught after hunters climbed through mesh fencing onto private property and used a bow and arrow to shot the friendly pig last week.

Robyn Williams said the sow, one of two on the property, had been left in a paddock to graze on the long grass near the Gavial Creek with seven of her five-day old piglets.

She said sometime in the next two days, someone has climbed through mesh fencing onto the private property and used a bow and arrow to shot the sow five times.

Ms Williams said she couldn't understand why would do this, let alone shoot at least five arrows at her pig which was a very friendly pig.

"The people who did it probably thought she was a wild pig," she said.

"But the whole area is meshed off. They've trespassed to come in and do it.

"She was quiet. She wouldn't have charged.

"She probably thought they had food for her."

Ms Williams said she and her partner were free range breeders living on Roope Rd, Port Curtis.

They have one boar and, now, one sow, left. 

She said the other sow had just had her first litter too - eight piglets.

Ms Williams said as a result of the sow being killed in the paddock, two of her piglets died.

Now, she is hand raising the other five piglets.

The area where the pigs were kept
The area where the pigs were kept

Topics:  fitzroy river free range hunting pig

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