$5,000 REWARD OFFERED TO SOLVE SHOCKING CASE OF PLATYPUS KILLINGS
12th April 2017
Following despicable acts of cruelty the bodies of three platypuses have been discovered in the Albury Botanic Gardens over the past five weeks, two with their heads cut off. These crimes are truly shocking towards such gentle and defenseless animals, and one of our beloved Australian icons. Reports confirmed that the platypuses had been trapped and killed deliberately using a sharp object.
Whoever is responsible must be brought to justice, and in an effort to assist with the investigations Humane Society International (HSI) Australia is offering a $5,000 reward as an incentive for anyone with information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
HSI Senior Program Manager Evan Quartermain said, “The platypus is a typically shy animal protected under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. This beloved wildlife species is very rare and has the highest level of evolutionary distinctiveness of any mammal species worldwide.”
Mr Quartermain continued, “It is heartbreaking that such senseless acts have taken place towards such beautiful and innocent creatures, and impossible to comprehend why anyone would be so cruel. HSI hopes that by offering this substantial reward, we will help to bring the perpetrators to justice before more platypuses or any other wildlife is targeted.”
Nicola Beynon, HSI’s Head of Campaigns, added, “It is essential that the culprits responsible for killing the platypuses in Albury are held to account, particularly in light of the fact that overwhelming evidence suggests that people who commit acts of violence upon animals present a high risk of going on to commit violence against humans.”
Harming native animals is an offence in New South Wales and penalties for such crimes include a fine of up to $11,000 and/or six months imprisonment. HSI urges anyone with information about this case to come forward now, and assures that any identities will not be disclosed. Please call Crime Stoppers at Albury Police on (02) 6023 9299 with any information.