Justice for Decapitated Platypuses

Target: NSW Police Commissioner Michael Fuller

Goal: The arrest and prosecution of any individuals involved in the suspected killing of three platypuses.

A platypus serial killer might be on the loose in a small Australian town. That’s according to a local wildlife group, which says three platypuses have been found dead in the Albury Botanic Gardens in New South Wales, Australia.

“The animals appear to have been deliberately killed in an horrific act of cruelty,” the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) said in a statement.

Two of the animals were found decapitated, while all three were believed to have been in good health before their sudden deaths. A local veterinarian has confirmed the latest one to be found was decapitated with a sharp object, leading local authorities to suspect the killings were all intentional. According to investigators, the platypuses probably lived in a nearby habitat. Somehow, the were then caught in a trap and killed, with their bodies being dumped in the park.

“These guys would not have got to the botanic gardens on their own,” WIRES spokesperson Hazel Cook told The Guardian newspaper.

“We thought at first that they might have been caught accidentally by someone with illegal nets in the river but then why take them to the gardens? Why not just throw the bodies in the river? And why take the heads? We still don’t know what they’ve done with the heads,” she added.

The case has already shaken the local community, with many calling for justice. If you agree this case shouldn’t be forgotten, then sign our petition demanding police prioritize finding those responsible.


Dear Michael Fuller,

The regional town of Albury has been shaken in recent weeks by a series of suspected intentional killings of platypuses. Two of the bodies were found decapitated, leading the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service to conclude the deaths weren’t accidents.

Platypuses are among Australia’s most unique, treasured animals. They’re extremely timid, and rarely aggressive. If these killings were indeed intentional, then this could be one of the most disturbing cases of animal abuse in Albury in recent years. The hunt for any such perpetrators should be a priority for NSW police, and anyone involved in the deaths should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Under federal law, the harming of native animals carries a fine of up to $11,000, and/or six months imprisonment.

Unfortunately, many cases of animal cruelty worldwide are all too often de-prioritized by law enforcement. Many people view animal abuse as a relatively unimportant crime, despite the scientific link between animal cruelty and other social problems like domestic violence. Please don’t let these platypus deaths in Albury go unpunished.


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  2. The sick sadistic psycho who is doing this is a danger to all animals and possibly humans, and must be arrested and fully prosecuted before getting a chance to kill again.

    Stop & pursue this criminal rabble and this deformity  –  instantly!

    BARBARIC, GREED AND BRAINLESS and not able to think human?

    Not humane than barbaric, really stupid and worthless criminal and ignorant ASSHOLES, which should be banned on an island for their whole lives! Or not?

  4. I would love to decapitate their heads!!!

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