Australia police arrest man accused of killing emus with vehicle

An unidentified driver was seen plowing into emus in a video recently posted to Facebook

Driver plows into emus in attack described as 'sickening cruelty': video

"This is great!" the man shouts as he runs over the massive birds.

The despicable act was then posted on social media, sparking widespread outrage.

A New South Wales police spokeswoman said they were examining the video to establish where it was filmed.

"F**king emus", the man can be heard yelling.

An Australia-wide hunt for a man who allegedly mowed down emus on an outback road and posted the disturbing footage online has ended with charges being laid by Victorian police.

The man in the video is laughing as he ploughs the group of animals down.

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The 40-second clip shows the man hit at least a dozen emus, with the birds disappearing under the front of his four-wheel-drive, before he turns the camera around and films himself laughing uncontrollably.

Police say a 20-year-old Cowangie man has been charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal, cruelty to an animal, torment to an animal and destruction of protected wildlife.

On Friday, authorities announced that they had charged a suspect in the case with animal cruelty. Convictions for animal cruelty carry a penalty of up to two years in jail and a fine of AUS$74,620 (US$54,000).

The man will face the Ouyen Court in November.

As a result, the RSPCA asked people to "Please do not "name and shame" alleged suspects on social media, as this risks both compromising a potential prosecution, as well as possibly identifying an innocent citizen". "What most overseas people get confused about Australia is they think we ride kangaroos to work, but in actual fact we ride emus", he said.

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