Twenty kangaroos mowed down and killed
The kangaroos and joeys were run over by a vehicle on Saturday night on the NSW South Coast.Police believe the kangaroos and joeys were run over by a vehicle between 10.30pm and 11.30pm on Saturday on Dress Circle and Headland Drive, Tura Beach.
Former champion trainer Darren Weir has been charged with animal cruelty and conspiracy offences. Three electronic jiggers were found in a bedroom at his Ballarat home in Victoria on January 29 this year. Weir, fellow trainer Jarrod McLean and former Weir employee Tyson Kermond
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Banned champion Victorian horse trainer Darren Weir has been charged by police with animal cruelty and conspiracy offences.
Police have been investigating the former trainer since three electronic jiggers – devices used in training to deliver an electric shock to horses – were found in a bedroom of his Ballarat home in January.
The 49-year-old Melbourne Cup winner was disqualified for four years by Racing Victoria following a number of lengthy hearings in February.
Weir was today issued with nine charges, including conspiracy to defraud Racing Victoria Limited Stewards; three counts of engaging in the torturing, abusing, overworking and terrifying of a thoroughbred race horse; three counts of causing unreasonable pain or suffering to a thoroughbred race horse; possessing an unregistered Category A longarm; using a controlled weapon without an excuse.
Police have also charged a 38-year-old Yangery man and a 27-year-old Warnambool man with a series of offences.
All three a set to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on October 23.
Calls for national registry in wake of slaughterhouse investigation .
Racing authorities have strongly condemned "horrific images" presented by the ABC following a two-year investigation, which alleges hundreds of Australian racehorses are being sent to the knackery, where they are subjected to inhumane treatment. Racing Australia's official data claims around 34 horses every year end up at slaughterhouses - a figure amounting to less than one per cent of retiring racehorses, claims the ABC.However, the national broadcaster says a two-year investigation, culminating in a report that aired on yesterday's edition of 7.30, shows the number is much higher.