After receiving a number of disturbing reports of cruelty to feral pigs, Biosecurity Queensland is reminding people that cruelty to any animal, including feral and pest animals, will not be tolerated and strong penalties apply.
Ian Rodger, Biosecurity Queensland Acting Director of Animal Biosecurity and Welfare said all animals have legislated protection from cruel treatment in Queensland.
"Those hunting feral animals must abide by the law and treat animals appropriately," Mr Rodger said.
"Anyone caught deliberately mistreating animals will be investigated and could face prosecution through the courts, hefty fines and possible jail time.
"The Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 protects animals from unjustifiable, unnecessary or unreasonable pain and ensures all animals are treated appropriately.
"The Queensland Government recently enacted a new indictable offence of serious animal cruelty which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison, and it will target people who intentionally inflict severe pain and suffering upon an animal.
"The deliberate serious mistreatment of animals is unacceptable, so it is right that those who torture animals will face tougher penalties," he said.
Late last year the Queensland Government also increased the maximum penalty for animal cruelty from two years in prison or a $110,000 fine to three years in prison or a $220,000 fine.
Property owners looking to control feral and pest animals on their land can refresh their knowledge of the best control methods online at www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au
Biosecurity Queensland encourages people to report suspected animal welfare situations as soon as possible. Delays in reporting an incident can make it difficult to investigate.
If anyone is aware of any incidents of animal cruelty in Queensland, they can make a complaint to the RSPCA on 1300 852 188 or to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.