Plea for information on platypus killings

The Humane Society has again called on the community to help solve the case of the savage slaughter of three platypuses.

The society on Wednesday offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the killing of the platypuses found in the Albury Botanic Gardens over recent weeks.

Two had been decapitated. The animals had been trapped and killed with a sharp object.

On Saturday Mr Evan Quartermain, senior program manager for Humane Society International (HSI) Australia, said: "Information of a general nature has been received since we announced the reward on Wednesday, but unfortunately it has not yet furthered investigations.

“We remain optimistic of finding those responsible for the attacks on one of our beloved Australian icons.

"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.”

HSI’s head of campaigns Nicola Beynon said: "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 other people.”

HSI has urged 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.