Alleged Emu Killer Charged With Multiple Animal Cruelty Offences

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

The RSPCA on Friday confirmed that the footage, which they labelled as shocking and horrific, had led to a nationwide investigation to find the man.

As a herd of emus runs along the road in front of his vehicle, he swerves, purposely mowing them down, one after another.

The P-plate driver can be heard laughing and cheering in the video as he deliberately ploughs full speed into the terrified birds, counting as he mowed them down one-by-one.

Emus are flightless running birds native to Australia that are the second-largest living birds by height after ostriches.

The Cowangie man will be charged on summons with animal cruelty, animal torment, destruction of protected wildlife and traffic offences.

The footage went viral on social media on Thursday, and has been viewed more than 680,000 times.

Victoria Police say it was filmed earlier this month.

A 20-year-old man from South Australia was named in the media by his ex-girlfriend as the offender but those claims have not been verified.

In 2013, another Australian man faced similar animal-cruelty charges after posting a video of himself riding an emu to work like a horse.

Before the video ends the camera turns around to show a young man with a moustache, wearing a cap and sunglasses, who continues to laugh and scream "yes" at the camera before the video ends.

A Victorian man has been charged after footage emerged of emus being mowed down. "I've got that one too... and that one." .

"It's distressing, it's very distressing", Ms Doudle said.

He is expected to face Ouyen Magistrates Court on November 9.

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