Following recent events and violent protests at the International Mining and Resources Conference and brutality against police horses, the Liberal Nationals will this afternoon seek to urgently introduce a new criminal offence “to harm or threaten a police horse.”
Changes to the Crimes Act will see an additional offence of harming or threatening a police horse and carry a penalty of 12 months imprisonment.
Current animal cruelty offences would not be superseded or changed, the new criminal offence would be standalone and send a clear message to the violent protestors.
Debate on the proposed criminal offence will begin this afternoon in the Legislative Council around 3pm.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police, David Southwick:
“Targeting police horses in a violent protest is one of the lowest acts and not acceptable in Victoria.”
“This proposed new offence will send the strongest possible message that we will not tolerate this violent behaviour of animal cruelty.”
“This afternoon we are calling on all members of Parliament to join with the Liberal Nationals in supporting this common sense and overdue change to make violence against police horses a criminal offence.”