animal abuse

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Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Mark Erickson

Register a complaint of serious misconduct against Jiawen Zhang with the University of QLD

On November 14, 2018, Jiawen Zhang, an international student studying engineering at the University of Queensland, mercilessly mutilated and tortured a baby female kitten which was trying to escape from his back yard with her mother. On February 12, 2019, Jiawen Zhang pleaded guilty to serious animal cruelty in Brisbane Magistrates Court and was sentenced to 6 months in prison with immediate parole.  Magistrate Terry Gardner called his actions "cruel, callous, and deliberate". I personally intend to register a complaint of serious general misconduct against Jiawen Zhang with the Academic Registrar of UQ in accordance with section 6.2.2 (b) of their Student Integrity and Misconduct policy (doc# 3.60.04a).  The purpose of this petition is to add weight to that complaint by demonstrating that the community considers this a serious offence.  I hope to convince the Disciplinary Board that the offence committed by Jiawen Zhang is of such a serious nature that they impose a penalty for level 3 general misconduct in accordance with section 8.9(c) of their policy. On November 14, 2018, Jiawen Zhang stole the kitten from its mother and threw it in his sharehouse oven while it was still hot.  The kitten's fur was burnt off as she scratched to get out, and she also suffered significant burns to her belly, paws, and legs.  Zhang then took the kitten to his room where he began ripping her teeth out, and cutting off her toes with nail clippers, causing significant bleeding.  He then took the kitten to his bathroom and attempted to drown her by flushing her down the toilet.  Thankfully, he was caught in the act by one of his housemates who had just arrived home.  Zhang then tried to get rid of the kitten by throwing her into nearby bushes at his property, but due to the severity of her injuries, the kitten was unable to move.  His housemates called police and the kitten was taken to Toowong Family Vet for treatment, which ultimately saved her life. The kitten will have ongoing health issues due to the trauma she sustained from this savage, cowardly assault. I believe that the community will agree that this level of cruelty toward any animal is absolutely unacceptable.  I urge the community to join me and add their voices to my complaint to the Academic Registrar of the University of Queensland, let the administrators of UQ know that we are closely watching their response to this incident.  They must be made aware that we consider their response a reflection of their attitude towards animal cruelty, and towards community standards of conduct in general. If you wish to contact the University directly in relation to this matter, the person you should contact is Mr. Mark Erickson -

Darren Poulton
4,945 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to University of Queensland

Remove Animal Abuser, Jaiwen Zhang from attending UQ permanently.

A HEARTLESS kitten torturer who put a baby cat in a hot oven, ripped its teeth out, and cut its claws off before trying to drown it has been spared jail time despite his deranged and disturbing acts against the innocent animal.Jiawen Zhang, 20, an engineering student from St Lucia in inner Brisbane, pleaded guilty to serious animal cruelty in Brisbane Magistrates Court today after severely mutilating and torturing a baby female kitten that was trying to escape with her mother from his back yard.(Taken from Courier Mail)I'd like to at least get the University of Queensland to step up on this issue, and aid in him being removed permanently from UQ as a student.  Furthermore, if Jiawen Zhang is an international student, he should have his student visa cancelled immediately and sent home. Its very unlikely he will ever face jail time; something that also needs to be addressed for the future animals who will be hurt terribly with no consequence. Using depression as an excuse to do such a heinous act is disgusting. Being depressed, anxious, or sad does not make you harm other animals or people. I'm sure like me, many other students do not feel safe going to university while such a person still attends. His intention was to kill her, before being interrupted by his roommate returning home. Should they not have returned early from work, this story's end would be very, very different. As he didn't succeed in murdering Cinders, vet treatment was required and costs incurred. Jaiwen Zhang not only doesn't have to go to jail, it appears as though he also isn't required to pay a cent toward the care that the Toowong family vet have provided in treating, and keeping alive, little Cinders.(Taken from the gofundme page for Cinders)If you would like to donate to the kittens gofundme page for medical bills at the Toowong family vet, please do so here. Trigger warning: Described animal abuse *******(Article cont.) Courier Mail Magistrate Terry Gardner sentenced Zhang to six months in prison but with immediate parole, calling his actions “cruel, callous and deliberate”. On November 14, Zhang stole the kitten from her mother and threw it in his sharehouse oven, which was still hot.The kitten’s fur was burnt off as she scratched to get out, and she also suffered significant burns to her belly, paws and legs, the court was told. Zhang then took the still alive animal up to his room and began ripping her teeth out and cutting off her toes with nail clippers, causing significant bleeding, the court heard.      The kitten suffered significant burns to her paws.He then took the baby cat to the bathroom and attempted to drown her by flushing her in the toilet, but was then caught in the act by his housemate who had just arrived home. Zhang then tried to get rid of the kitten by throwing her into nearby bushes at his property, but due to her severe injuries she was unable to move. His housemates called police and the kitten was taken to Toowong Family Vet for life-saving care. Zhang’s lawyers claimed the mother cat and her baby leaving the property, reminded him of the rejection he believed he was suffering from housemates and university peers. The kitten suffered significant burns to her paws.The court heard the perceived exclusion motivated him to commit the callous acts. The court heard that Zhang had depression, which was undiagnosed at the time, and tortured little Cinders “to try and make him feel better about himself.” The veterinary clinic named the little kitten, Cinders and after her miraculous recovery has now been adopted by a loving family, who have renamed her Clare. Nurse Tahlia Woodlock from Toowong Family Vet said that the kitten will have ongoing health issues due to the trauma she sustained from the brutal incident.

Sarah Rose
4,800 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Joy Hentschke

We the undersigned wish to see Streaky Bay Council laws on Volunteer Cat Traps change.

At the moment Volunteer Cat Trapping is welcomed by the District Council of Streaky Bay, as Feral Cats have been always been & continue to be a problem for this town. Unfortunately though, not everyone seems to be doing the right thing as suggested by Council & many Pet Cats are mysteriously disappearing. The Council laws need to be looked at, so that Pet Cats & their owners are protected.  Cat trapping needs to be undertaken ONLY by Council Officers, so that it's Feral Cats being caught & euthanised properly or better yet (Trap, Neuter, Release)..... NOT family pets, by Community members hiring a trap to deal with a problem Pet in their area. It is far too easy to trap a neighboring cat & dispose of it, without anyone ever knowing. Many people in Streaky Bay have had Pet Cats mysteriously disappear & some people have stories about how they are fully aware of who disposed of their pet after trapping it in a Volunteer Cat trap (easily available from Council) or from many sites on the internet. We would like The District Council of Streaky Bay of SA to meet & discuss making changes to the hiring of Cat traps to members of the Community within the town. We would like the following changes to be made: Volunteer Cat Trapping to STOP within the inner residential part of Streaky Bay. That descision be made very clear to Community members & a substantial fine put in place for ignoring the new Bi-Law. We require our local Council (District Council of Streaky Bay), to protect Pet owners in the Community by making these changes.    

Berlinda Brumfield
5,259 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to The House of Representatives

Review sentencing guidelines for animal abuse and make changes to ensure consistency

An unexpectedly quick plea and sentence meant our petition was not handed to the judge although the judge was asked to consider the level of support shown by the petition by the Police. The person in the story below received a 2 year jail sentence for killing the 5 month old puppy. Sentencing of 2 years jail for animal abuse is better than many punishments handed down but below the 3 years 9 months maximum possible (5 years less 25% for a guilty plea). Click here to read the Northern Advocate article about the sentencing. I am not letting this drop. This petition will now be used to help lobby for consistency for crimes like this and to help change the standards judges sentence by. I am lobbying local MPs to help me get this petition to the Minister of Primary Industries. I will personally travel from Invercargill to Wellington to present the petition. The the aim is to ensure the recommendations provided to judges in regards to the sentencing of animal abusers is set at a higher level, a level that will actually deter future animal abuse and reflect the heinous nature of this crime.  This puppy's suffering and death will NOT be for nothing. The original story is below.     On Sunday July 9, 2017 53 year old Northland Hanuere Paul Witehira, struck a 5 month old puppy multiple times with a hammer because he could not get the lunch he wanted. He had been drinking. The puppy suffered skull fractures and broken teeth. It was subsequently put down by a vet. I just can't imagine the fear, pain and suffering the puppy would have gone through. According to the Northern Advocate article, howls could be heard blocks away and it was the man's own son along with neighbours who called police. The unnamed man is being held in custody. No animal deserves to be treated like this under any circumstances. I am calling for the maximum 5 year imprisonment penalty to be enforced in this case. It is a clear cut instance of extreme animal abuse causing massive suffering. I will ask Senior Sargent Brian Swann of the Mid North Police to present this petition to the prosecutor prior to the next hearing on July 18. This petition will provide evidence to show the sentencing judge that this behaviour will not be tolerated by New Zealanders and it should be punished strongly. Support this petition to help ensure this receives a punishment that truly reflects the crime. You can not stand by and allow another minimal punishment to be handed down in this case.  The Northern Advocate article can be found by clicking here  The Northern Advocate follow up story is here. Click to read.  

Karl Thomas
88,134 supporters