$1000 to find Tasmania Zoo attack culprits


AN animal rights group has thrown its support behind Tasmania Zoo, urging people to come forward with information about last week's vicious attack at the Riverside wildlife park.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Australia, known as PETA, will offer a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for the crime.

Tasmania Zoo owner Dick Warren received a huge shock last Friday morning when he discovered that nine birds had been maliciously killed and other wildlife had been released from their enclosures on Thursday night.

Mr Warren said that some birds had their heads pulled off and that the release of some species, including two swift parrots and five quolls, had put breeding programs at risk.

He praised PETA for offering a reward.

``(It is) absolutely wonderful there is an organisation out there that can help,'' he said.

PETA Australia campaigns director Jason Baker said he hoped that the reward would encourage people to come forward.

``Until the perpetrators of this crime are caught, Tasmanian residents will be left wondering what savage act they may commit next,'' he said.

``PETA hopes this reward will encourage anyone with information to come forward before anyone else becomes a target.''

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Launceston police on 6336 3915 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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