Stoning Wombat News
An off-duty South Australian cop officer has been filmed stoning wombat to death in a disgusting act of animal cruelty.
A sickening film has emerged of an off-duty cop officer chasing after a wombat and stoning wombat it to death in South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.
The film shows Senior Community Constable, Waylon Johncock, hurling large rocks at the terrified wombat.
Footage of the attack shows Waylon Johncock and another man following a wombat in a 4WD along a dirt road.
The car stops and Waylon Johncock, who was off duty at the time, the one of the men, gets out and starts following the animal on foot with rocks in his hand.
“Get up close,” the driver says.
Waylon Johncock dressed in a black cap and blue shorts, gives the camera a thumbs up before pelting the defenceless animal with rocks.
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The driver starts laughing as the animal tries to run away, with the cop continuing to hurl large stones.
”Go on, you’ve got him, you’ve got him,” the second man says.
“Hit him, hit him, kill him.”
He throws another rock, hitting the wombat in the head and causing it to topple over.
Waylon Johncock raises his arms in triumph and smiles at the camera as the animal struggles on the ground
“You killed him!” the driver says.
“First bloke I’ve ever seen kill a wombat on foot, bro.”
Wombat Awareness Organisation came in action
The film was sent to the Wombat Awareness Organisation by members of the public.
“Healthy wombat stoned to death by off duty cop officer,” the organisation wrote on Facebook alongside the film.
“I am tired of reporting such cruelty for it to be ignored. If this gets your support, something may be done.
“Please share, this is not entertainment. This has to stop!”
Brigitte Stevens, from the organisation, told Seven the wombat didn’t die straight away and was left to suffer.
She added that this practice is common place in the area, according to the public.
The film has been shared almost 400 times and has attracted hundreds of comments from furious social media users.
“I am so shocked to see this, there are some seriously messed up people in this world but for this to be someone who has a responsibility to be a good role model in the community makes it even more shocking!” one person wrote.
“This is the most disgraceful, pitiful and the act of such a low life that I have ever seen. Wombats are the most beautiful creatures,” another wrote.
cop Commissioner Grant Stevens confirmed the man in the film was a cop officer.
“I find the actions portrayed in the footage to be totally abhorrent and unacceptable,” he said.
“I am aware of the community outrage regarding this matter. I want to reassure everybody that the actions in the film 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 cop have also expressed to me that they, too, find the footage detestable and not consistent with their values.”
South Australia Cop told wikiaboutworld.com they are aware of the film and are investigating the incident.
“South Australia Cop are aware of a social media film depicting an incident involving a man inflicting injuries upon a wombat,” a Cop spokesperson said.
“At this time S A P O L can confirm they are taking the situation very seriously and are closely examining the film.
“An inquiry is being undertaken into this matter to first formally identify the man; and then take appropriate action as required.”