For my next vacation, I’m thinking about visiting the Bermuda Triangle and disappearing because I can’t with this planet anymore. Every single day I lose a little bit more respect for humanity thanks to the amount of insane cruelty that’s out there in this world.
In today’s house of horrors that are humans interacting with nature, we have footage of an off-duty police officer in Australia stoning a wombat to death just for fun.
The deeply disturbing video is of Senior Community Constable Waylon Johncock, who can be seen throwing large rocks at the defenseless wombat and giving the thumbs-up sign to the camera.
Johncock, along with another individual, had been stalking the wombat along a dirt road down in South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. Johncock strikes the petrified wombat in the head then raises his arms in triumph and smiles, while his accomplice is heard laughing.
News.com.au reported that Police Commissioner, Grant Stevens, confirmed that the person in the video is indeed a police officer, and issued the following statement:
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“I find the actions portrayed in the footage to be totally abhorrent and unacceptable. I am aware of the community’s outrage regarding this matter. I want to reassure everybody that the actions in the video do not align with the values and behaviors I expect from my employees, nor does it align with community standards. Numerous employees of South Australia Police have also expressed to me that they, too, find the footage detestable and not consistent with their values.”
A spokesperson for South Australia Police followed up with news.com.au and revealed that the incident is under investigation. Their statement said:
“South Australia Police are aware of a social media video depicting an incident involving a man inflicting injuries upon a wombat. At this time SAPOL can confirm they are taking the situation very seriously and are closely examining the video. An inquiry is being undertaken into this matter to first formally identify the man; then take appropriate action as required.”
The video footage was obtained after horrified members of the public sent it into the Wombat Awareness Organization. The organization then expressed their horror and absolute disgust at this cowardly act of animal cruelty.
After the video surfaced, the Wombat Awareness Organization created a Change.org petition, which calls for the improved protection of all native animals under the Animal Welfare Act.
A representative for the organization shared the petition on Facebook and wrote the following message:
“I have dedicated my entire life to saving these beautiful animals and here is the polar opposite. Hurts my heart and this is something I will never forget. May this baby not have suffered and died in vain.”
So far, the petition has gained more than 300,000 signatures – and yes, I’m adding mine as well.
There are many people who want Johncock to be fired and prosecuted. I too, am really hoping for that outcome as well.
But seriously though, when are we all going to learn how to just be kind to one another, including animals?
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Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.