Send this cat-killer back to prison

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Dylan Clarke, age 25 from New Zealand, was arrested at 10:35pm on Christmas Day at his Labrador home for the death of a kitten and an adult cat. The kitten was found dead on a footpath outside his home and the adult cat inside the home, with Clarke admitting he beat it to death. On Christmas Day he was additionally charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug utensils.

Killing cats for pleasure, just to see them die, is a sign of sociopathy or psychopathy. In other words, this is a person who doesn't believe in the humane treatment of animals and lacks a functional conscience. Many serial killers and rapists, including the notorious Jeffrey Dahmer, tortured and killed animals before commencing to killing humans (Griffiths, 2014). 

Six years ago, he was involved in a horror drag racing accident on a Helensvale street when the car Clarke was in collided with an oncoming 4WD, leaving Clarke in an induced coma after suffering head injuries. The couple in the 4WD were returning from celebrating their wedding anniversary. 

Clarke was released on bail on December 26, by the Southport Magistrates Court on the proviso he surrendered two pet snakes to the RSPCA within 48 hours. Magistrate Gary Finger yesterday prohibited Clarke owning, acquiring or possessing any animals while on bail.

It is clear that Clarke is not remorseful for his actions, as he was heard saying "I didn't kill anything" whilst leaving court. With his colourful history of criminal behaviour and blatant endangering of human and animal lives, it is likely that Clarke will continue committing crimes. 

This petition proposes Clarke receive the maximum sentence for animal abuse  (7 years under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001) and be fined the $235,600 for abuse committed by a natural person. 



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