AN international animal protection group has offered $1,000 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the alpaca attacks on Saturday.
The alpacas were attacked with iron bars at Caboolture State High School. One of the alpacas was found dead at the scene while the other was seriously injured and had to be euthanised.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker said animals were the perfect practice victims for those who tend towards violence.
"Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often go on to commit violent acts against their fellow humans," he said.
"As long as the perpetrators of this crime are at large, other animals and human residents might also be in danger."
Mr Baker said serial rapists and murderers often had histories of past incidents involving cruelty to animals.
"Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Jeffrey Dahmer all started out by deliberately harming animals," he said.
Mr Baker said the animal abusers were cowards who took their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them.
Anybody who may have information relating to this incident is urged to contact the Caboolture CPIU or CrimeStoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.
For more information about cruelty to animals, visit PETA.org.au.
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