Regulators in Australia have issue hundreds of animal cruelty charges over the death of dozens of koalas in the state of Victoria.

The animals were found dead at a partially cleared timber plantation at Cape Bridgewater last year.

More were later euthanised because of dehydration and injuries sustain during the incident.

A landowner and an earthmoving business are accused of harming and killing the animals by clearing the area.

They face 126 charges each. A second firm, a contractor, faces one charge of animal cruelty for disturbing the koala population.

They have yet to enter pleas. Victoria state’s Conservation Regulator did not name the accused.

Each charge can carry a large fine or a maximum 12-month jail sentence, BBC Sydney correspondent Shaimaa Khalil reports.

Blue gum trees – an important koala habitat – were harvested from the plantation, leaving only a few isolated pockets.

Some koalas had starved to death in the remaining trees. Others were apparently killed by bulldozers.

Local resident Helen Oakley came across the dead animals and post a video of herself sobbing and relaying the news, prompting the investigation.

She  ABC that she was “ecstatic” that charges had finall been brouafter so long.

“I still think about the koalas every day,” she said.

Koalas are a protected species in Australia’s state of Victoria
Regulators in Australia have issued hundreds of animal cruelty charges over the deaths of dozens of koalas in the state of Victoria.

 

They face 126 charges each. A second firm, a contractor, faces one charge of animal cruelty for disturbing the koala population.

They have yet to enter pleas. Victoria state’s Conservation Regulator did not name the accused.

Each charge can carry a large fine or a maximum 12-month jail sentence, BBC Sydney correspondent Shaimaa Khalil reports.

 

Local resident Helen Oakley came across the dea animals and posted a video of herself sobbing and relaying the news, prompting the investigation.

She told Also ABC that she was “ecstatic” that charges had finally been brought after so long.

“I still think about the koalas every day,” she said.

Regulators in Australia have issued hundreds of animal cruelty charges over the deaths of dozens of koalas in the state of Victoria.

They face 126 charge each. A second firm, a contractor, faces one charge of animal cruelty for disturbing the koala population.

They have yet to enter pleas. Victoria state’s Conservation Regulator did not name the accus.

Each charge can carry a large fine or a maximum 12-month jail sentence, BBC Sydney correspondent Shaimaa Khalil reports.

Blue gum tree – an imp koala habit – were harvest from the plantation, leaving only a few isolate pocket.

Also Some koalas had starve to death in the remain trees. Other were apparently kill by bulldozer.

 to Australian broad caster ABC, So 21 koala were foun dea at the site and 49 more were euthan.

The Victorian Conservation Regulator estimate that 200 koalas were affecte by the incident.

Koalas are a protecte species in Victoria.

So Local resident Helen Oakley came across the dead animals and post a video of herself sobbing and relaying the news, prompting the investigation.

She tell ABC that she was “ecstatic” that charge finally been bro after so long.

“I still think about the koalas every day,” she sy.Like

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