Animal Justice MP Emma Hurst lashes out at ‘sprayed’ green cockatoos seen on Western Sydney train line
Did someone spray a cockatoo? Green native bird sticks out like a sore thumb as it joins a flock on a train line in Sydney’s west
- A green bird spotted with a flock of white cockatoos has shocked onlookers
- Native bird spotted at Campbelltown train station in southwestern Sydney zuidwesten
- NSW MP criticized alleged bird paintings and said it could lead to six months in jail
A green bird spotted with a flock of white cockatoos has enraged onlookers who fear it may have been sprayed.
Bruno Bouchet spotted the bird in a flock of about 30 cockatoos at Campbelltown train station in south-west Sydney on Thursday morning.
Colorful cockatoos have been spotted around Sydney in recent years, but painting or painting a bird in NSW could put you behind bars for six months.
A green cockatoo, presumably spray painted, was spotted at Campbelltown train station in Sydney in
The green bird was with a flock of about 30 cockatoos
‘At first I thought I was seeing things, so I stopped and watched the green cockatoo for about two minutes before it flew away,’ Mr Bouchet said.
“A buddy of mine saw the green cockatoo eating from a trash can about 15 minutes later near the Campbelltown movie theaters.
“That was comforting because I was afraid I’d be considered crazy if no one else confirmed that a green cockatoo was flying around Campbelltown.”
Mr Bouchet said it looked like the bird had been sprayed.
“I think it’s absolutely the same species, unfortunately it looks like someone sprayed this particular bird, which is a cruel and disgusting thing to do,” he said.
A pink cockatoo (left) was spotted in the south Sydney suburb of Menai in 2017
Two cockatoos painted bright pink and blue were spotted in Bundeena in southern Sydney in 2020.
Colorful cockatoos have popped up in Sydney before, with bright blue and pink birds spotted in 2020 at a house in Bundeena, near Sydney National Park.
In 2017, a pink cockatoo was spotted in the nearby suburb of Menai, and in 2016, blue, green, yellow and pink colored cockatoos were found in the eastern suburbs.
Spraying a bird is an animal cruelty offense in New South Wales with a maximum penalty of six months or a $5,500 fine.
Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst called the alleged paint job “absolutely disgusting”.
“Many spray paints and dyes are toxic and can be very harmful to animals,” she said.
‘Coloring an animal can also make them more susceptible to prey and endanger the lives of the animals.
“Anyone who jokingly captures and changes the appearance of a wild animal is sick and must learn to respect nature.”
Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst (pictured) wants animal rights to be taken more seriously in NSW
Anyone charged with serious animal cruelty or bestiality will now be automatically banned from having animals for life, two years after Ms Hurst (pictured) first made changes to the NSW Crime Act
The NSW Parliament has just passed new laws banning anyone accused of serious animal cruelty or bestiality from being around animals.
Ms Hurst has been fighting for the amenities for the past two years.
“Shockingly, no one has ever been banned from animal guardianship or working with animals after a successful conviction of serious animal cruelty or bestiality in NSW,” she said.
“We have witnessed some horrifying cases in the past two years where animal abusers have been allowed to continue to breed animals, work alongside animals and even buy animals after they have been convicted.
“We are a nation of animal lovers. Animal cruelty is hard to think about and talk about, but it happens. These abusers must be held accountable.”