‘I am not the emu killer’
A VICTORIAN man receiving death threats on social media over a video showing a man deliberately mowing down emus is desperately fighting to clear his name.
Joshua McConnell said he had been receiving death threats from around the world but that he wasn't behind the sickening attack.
The footage shows a man laughing while running over several emus in a 4WD.
The RSPCA posted the disturbing footage on social media, launching a nationwide hunt for the driver.
"I've done nothing wrong," he told the Herald Sun this morning.
"I've copped hundreds of death threats to myself and my family. I'm done with it."
The video starts with a man filming himself on a mobile phone speeding along a dirt road.
"F***ing emus," he is heard yelling from behind the camera.
He continues to speed along the road and eventually catches up with a group of the native birds desperately trying to flee.
The man can be heard laughing maniacally as he ploughs through the cluster of giant birds.
"One, two, three," he laughs,"This is f***ing great. I've got that one too … and that one."
The video goes for about 40 seconds and in that time he appears to hit 13 or 14 birds.
At the end of the video the man turns the camera to face him and films himself laughing uncontrollably and screaming "Yes!" at the camera.
Joshua said he understands why people are pointing the finger at him.
"I tagged a mate in the video and someone clicked on my profile and saw that I go hunting so people assume it's me," he said.
"I don't think it's right what he did. I hunt feral animals not native Australian animals.
"It's damaging Australian wildflife."
He also admitted he can see a ressemblance between himself and the offender.
"I agree it looks like me but it's not. I've copped hundreds of death threats for something I didn't do."
Joshua said he had contacted the person he believed filmed the video.
"He deleted Facebook but I found his Instagram he can't hide," he said.
"I told him he needs to man up. He's being a pu**y and letting other people take the fall for him."
The sickening video was uploaded to Facebook and appears to have been filmed in the Australian outback, though it is unclear exactly where it took place.
Joshua said he was in Canada and had been for the past eight months.
When he returns he will be taking action.
"I'm sure as hell not gonna deal with this. I'm gonna go to a solicitor. People are sharing my number plate online and it's not right," he said.
"I'm a wake-boarder travelling the world doing what I love. I've got a good name and this is ruining it."
A spokesperson from Queensland RSPCA, who was investigating the incident, said it was possible the person had been identified.
"It does seem highly likely that they've identified the person as coming from South Australia," he said.
A spokeswoman for RSPCA South Australia said: "We are shocked and horrified by this footage.
"No one has formally identified this person.
"We have has serveral names put forward as the possible person responsible and we are urgently seeking further information.
"Specifically we need someone to come forward who believed they know this person personally and can formally identify him."
Anyone with information is urged to contact RSPCA on 1300 477 722.