Sat June 30, 2012 12:36pm
TWO brothers have been fined after they released six chickens in a drunken prank at a bucks party.
English lads Craig Barnett, 23, and his brother Bradley, 21, kept the live hens in boxes in the back of a car for more than five hours while members of the bucks party headed to the greyhound races, the UK Telegraph reports. Upon returning from the party, the two men can be seen on CCTV taking the animals into a hotel room. They reportedly set the chickens free in the groom-to-be's bathroom as a joke. CCTV then shows other revellers, who found the birds making a mess after returning to the hotel in the early hours of the morning, carrying them down to the carpark at 3.40am. But the fowl joke backfired after two chickens ended up dead, with one slaughtered by a fox, and two others discovered in a terrified state by the RSPCA. The remaining pair have not been seen since. Prosecutor Matthew Knight said: “Using animals for the purposes of entertainment or a prank has long been a criminal offence and socially unacceptable in this country.” The brothers' lawyer Nigel Ley said the men thought it was an acceptable thing to do at the time, but "now realise what a stupid thing this was. It was done in a moment of absolute stupidity". "They assumed if the chickens were left in a hotel room with the freedom to fly around they would be quite happy." The comedic duo were charged with animal cruelty over the July 2011 incident and have been fined $A428 in total.