Canberra, Australia: The Police officials have charged two 17-year-old boys for killing 14 kangaroos in a coastal beach town south of Sydney.
The slaughtered animals were found by the locals on two different roads at Batemans Bay on Saturday. The police officials were then informed.
Both have been counted with heedlessly beating and killing an animal and will appear in court next month. Under the law of New South Wales, anyone convicted of animal cruelty faces up to 5 years in jail & a fine of A$22,000 (£12,000; $15,000).
The officials of New South Wales Police noted that the kangaroos had been hit by a car. The teenagers were arrested on Monday. Although, no additional information has been provided by the Police authorities behind the motive of the killers.
Among the group killed, there were also two baby kangaroos. Another baby kangaroo was injured and found by a local resident the next day.
The Wildlife rescue service – WIRES has stated that it had taken the “single surviving joey” into its care. WIRES also expressed their shock over the killings in the quiet beachside area.
The volunteer service cited that, “This has left an indelible mark on our dedicated volunteers and local residents.”
Killings of Kangaroos in Australia –
On average, around 50,000 animal cruelty complaints are investigated by the RSPCA in Australia each year. Kangaroos are a commonly seen animal in the region, on the state’s south coast.
In the previous 20 years, 90 million kangaroos and wallabies have been lawfully killed for their use in commercial purposes. While around 3 million adult kangaroos are killed in Australia each year.
Because of the rapidly increasing population of kangaroos in the nation, the Australian government every year officially announces the killing of the animal.
The report shows that Kangaroo populations have sharply increased, from some 27 million in the year 2010 to around 45 million in 2016.