Two police officers in Maine have been fired and are charged with animal cruelty after using their batons to beat some porcupines to death. Rockland Police Chief Chris Young confirmed the firing of two officers but refused to disclose the details, asking community members to have faith in how the situation is handled.
US police fires two officers for beating porcupines to death
According to reports from the newspaper The Courier-Gazette, the two policemen allegedly raged on the porcupines while they were on duty, while a third filmed their cruelty and spread the video on social networks.
"A tremendous amount of power is given to those who wear a badge and are charged with protecting their communities; it's a power I don't take lightly," Young posted on social media. Both former cops are working with the union representing them to appeal their dismissals.
Meanwhile, as we wrote in a previous article, according to a bad scenario, koalas could become extinct by 2050. The population was decimated by the great Australian bushfires between late 2019 and early 2020. Koalas could end up on the Australian government's red list of endangered species, permanently changing status from vulnerable to endangered.
Not only that: there are fears that the population could become extinct in some parts of the continent as early as 2050. The increase in danger, together with the decrease in the number of specimens present in nature, is a direct consequence of last year's devastating fires which led to the death of at least 5,000 specimens, as well as the current drought that is destroying the habitat in which marsupials live.
Based on the recent investigation launched by the New South Wales parliament, the country is now considering updating the list of animals at risk of extinction, turning the spotlight on 28 species at risk of oblivion, thus stepping up conservation and protection actions.
Federal Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley, asked an independent scientific committee to complete assessments by October 2021 and to make a series of recommendations on whether to list East Coast koalas at risk of extinction along with two species of reptiles, four frogs, seven fish, six mammals and 12 birds According to the WWF, "it would not be surprising, according to the data collected, if the number of koalas lost due to drought and fires reached 10,000"
This is why environmentalists have appealed to the Australian government to take drastic measures to save the animal symbol of Australia as soon as possible.