People lose their temper from time to time and it’s a natural thing. But there’s nothing natural about a puffy-chested bro getting so enraged that decapitating a kookaburra’s head is considered to be a reasonable action to take.
The Parkerville Tavern in Perth is not only home to pubgoers, it is also the local hang out spot for a kookaburra, known locally as Kevin, who has a tendency to steal food from people’s plates.
According to 9News, a man was at the Parkerville Tavern when Kevin stole some of his food. Enraged, the man reportedly attacked Kevin and ripped it’s head off in retaliation.
Sadly for Kevin, it doesn’t look like he’ll get any justice either as the manbaby has not been charged due to a weird loophole in the Animal Welfare Act.
In a statement from RSPCA WA, Chief Inspector Amanda says Kevin’s “horrific” decapitation may not constitute as an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2002.
“While RSPCA WA Inspectors can only take action under the Animal Welfare Act where an animal has suffered, the incident with Kevin the Kookaburra may have contravened laws designed specifically to protect native wildlife.”
So in other words, the man couldn’t be charged for ripping off a kookaburra’s head because it was killed so quickly that it didn’t suffer and thus doesn’t meet the standard of “animal cruelty”.
That being said, RSPCA WA is still pursuing the matter and is calling for stricter laws to ensure this sort of horrendous behaviour doesn’t happen again or go unpunished.
Agriculture and Food Minister, Alannah MacTiernan, has confirmed that the incident is under review, saying: “We are now checking with the department whether or not this can be characterised as an act of animal cruelty.”
There’s eating live possums level of cooked but this is a whole new level of twisted altogether. Seriously, how could any reasonable person justify the decapitation of a kookaburra by claiming it stole some food off your plate?
Here’s hoping Kevin the kookaburra receives the justice he deserves and the manbaby who did the terrible act gets his just deserts.