Aussie man who drove down emus with ute sentenced to 42 days of prison

20-year-old Jacob McDonald, from Pinnaroo, South Australia, was tracked down by Australian police and the RSPCA last year after a video of him driving down emus at speeds greater than 120km/h went viral.

At first, there was a “nationwide manhunt” to find the man in the video. Then, McDonald appeared in court on the 9th of this month and was sentenced to 42 days in prison.

Some of the offences he was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, torment to animals, and killing protected wildlife. Ten emus were killed.

“You received pleasure from inflicting pain on defenseless animals,” said magistrate Michael King as he handed down MacDonald’s sentence.

MacDonald told The Daily Mail that the emus are quite destructive:

“I could show you some photos of the destruction the emus make down here. We’ve been in drought. We’re literally growing crops on about four inches of rain.”

“You’ve got these animals coming in and making a mess. Te reason there is so many on the road is because they’re looking for something to eat. And there’s nothing.”

“They’re just that poorly, they need to be put down.

“Here is what the RSPCA doesn’t understand, they go on about cruelty, they should come out here and have a look at the state of these animals … they’re not doing anything for them.”

According to Daily Mail, “Mr Macdonald cited a difficult period in his life, particularly over the four months before his crime, when he had a relationship breakdown with an ex-girlfriend. However, he insisted he wasn’t intending to be cruel to the native birds.”

Daily Mail also reported that, according to his ex-girlfriend who originally revealed that he was the man behind the video, he’s the “type to go hunting”:

‘He’s the type to go hunting, he grew up that way but this is just atrocious. I was shocked and speechless… angry mostly,’ she said.

After his identity was revealed, MacDonald apologised for his actions to the media:

“I realize now it was the wrong thing to do. I’ve never put an animal through suffering before. I know what I did wrong.”

By Penny Hoffmann

Third World Countries responsible for 95% of Plastic Pollution in The Ocean

Plastic polluting the ocean has been a relative issue since the 1960s. Throughout time pollution of our waters have became worse. There are five Asian Nations that are the cause of majority, of the plastic pollution in the ocean: China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. These third world countries are massively dumping great amounts of plastic; more plastic than the rest of the world. Indonesia’s Citarum River is considered to be one of the most pollute river in the world. This matter has become so crucial and so urgent that the Army had to be called to remove the plastic waste and prevent dumping in the waterway.

Plastic polluting the ocean is not just a problem that belongs to Asia. It is not a problem that Asia should face alone. This is one of the greatest environmental challenge facing the entire world and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. According to South China Morning Post, Hong Kong goes through 5.2 million plastic water bottles a day. Since 2008 Hong Kong has thrown away over 12 billion plastic bottles.

It has been reported that a third of a 1.67 million tons of domestic waste disposed in Singapore, consisted mainly of plastic bags and food packaging. The amount is enough to fill more than one thousand Olympic size swimming pools. The Asian Nations have been importing waste from around the Globe.

Plastic Polluting the worlds ocean come from these then Rivers:

According to Dailymail, pollution costs 7.9 billion in damage to Marines ecosystems. Approximately one million sea birds, one hundred thousand sea mammals and hundreds of fishes are killed.

There needs to be an awareness created for this global issue. Once the awareness has been created, we the people must take action and do anything and everything necessary to stop and prevent this problem. This is effecting all sorts of ecosystem, marine life and sea life.

Written by Jazmin Minier