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Topic Reading-Vol.3549-12/29/2021

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2021/12/29 Topic Reading-Vol.3549-12/29/2021

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Alleged ‘koala massacre’ prompts hundreds of animal cruelty charges

Koalas are a protected species in Australia. Causing pain or suffering to koalas is a crime, not to mention killing them. However, they are facing a number of threats to their survival. Recently, a landowner and two companies were charged for killing and fatally wounding dozens of koalas. Those accused will face over 120 charges. Animal cruelty could be fined up to $78,000 for a business and $32,000 for an individual in Australia. Also, if convicted, the individual could get a 12-month jail time. Sounds pretty strict. But the population of koalas is under threat recently. More than 60,000 koalas either died, lost their habitat, or suffered injury from the flames during the catastrophic bushfires in 2019. Also, koalas are suffering more from environmental pressures, such as hot weather, drought, and habitat loss, all of which seem to have been caused by human acts. In order to keep their population, the Australian government is recommended to change koalas’ status to endangered in some regions.

Read the article and learn about the recent status of Australia’s iconic animal.

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