Animal rights groups outraged by Quebec man who filmed himself hitting a moose
Warning: This article contains descriptions of animal cruelty. A video of the incident is included below which contains some disturbing footage.
Animal rights groups are calling for action after a man from Sept-Îles, Quebec, shared a video on social media in which he knocked down a young moose with his van, an act that seemed intentional.
The video shows the driver hitting the moose as it tried to flee, then running over the animal in the opposite direction as the moose lay motionless on the side of the road.
The Quebec Provincial Police (SQ) have since identified the man, and he could face criminal charges.
“Our police have already met and questioned the man in the video,” said Nancy Fournier, spokeswoman for the SQ.
The SQ has already compiled a file and sent it to the prosecutor, because cruelty to animals is treated as a criminal act, she added.
According to Criminal Code of Canadaanyone who “causes unnecessary suffering” to an animal can be jailed for up to five years or receive a hefty fine of up to $10,000, depending on the offense.
‘ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATED’ ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUPS
The video, which was first posted on Snapchat, shocked and shocked animal rights groups. Speaking to CTV News on Friday, they expressed hope that justice will be served for the young moose.
“I was absolutely devastated. The images in the video were incredibly disturbing,” said Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of the Canadian division of Humane Society International.
She hopes that societal values regarding wildlife protection will be fully reflected in federal and provincial laws, adding that the Criminal Code should be enforced to its fullest extent.
“As long as people who harm animals feel like they get off with a minimal fine or even just a warning in these cases, we’re going to see these cases continue and maybe even get worse,” he said. she declared.
The legal outcome of this incident has not yet been determined.
“When a case is submitted to us, it will be analyzed to determine whether legal proceedings will be instituted and, if so, the charges that will be brought,” said Audrey Roy-Cloutier, spokesperson for Criminal and Penal Prosecutions of the Quebec (DPCP) Office.
Aldworth added that his organization works with provincial authorities and has even “offered rewards” in the past to convict those responsible for animal cruelty.
“I am happy that there is an investigation and that the Crown is taking the matter in hand,” said Oana Zamfir, a member of the Quebec animal rights group DAQ.
“It’s a matter of public policy,” she added. “The public needs to have confidence in our justice system, and this situation will also impact how aware the public is of the consequences.”
The DAQ aims to raise public awareness of wildlife welfare by releasing a legal framework guide for various species, including wild animals, in the coming months.