In June 2017 staff from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning raided the home of a man in Kilmore, Australia. They located a stuffed koala mounted as a wall decoration. The man admitted to shooting the koala with a .22 rifle, stuffing and mounting it. His only explanation was that it was “something to do”.
It appears he was charged with breaching the Wildlife Act 1975 (Vic.), §§ 43 and 47D. Section 43(1) provides that –
A person must not hunt, take or destroy other protected wildlife. Penalty: 50 penalty units or 6 months imprisonment or both the fine and imprisonment and an additional penalty of 5 penalty units for every head of wildlife in respect of which an offence has been committed.
Section 47D(1) states that –
A person must not have wildlife in his or her possession or control if that wildlife has been taken, destroyed, acquired, received, bought, sold, disposed of, kept, possessed, controlled, bred, processed or displayed in contravention of this Act or any corresponding law of another State or a Territory of the Commonwealth. Penalty: 240 penalty units or 24 months imprisonment or both.
The offender was dealt with in Seymour Magistrates Court in April 2018. He was found guilty of the offences charged. He was placed on a good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $1,000.00 to the Court Fund.
Dep’t of Environment, Land, Water and Planning v Simpson* (2018) Seymour Telegraph, 16 May 2018, p.12
* The offender is not identified in the report; I have taken the liberty of drawing a name from The Simpsons.