70 crocodile heads found in a freezer in Australia

Sydney, Aug 4 (IANS) As many as 70 crocodile heads were found dumped and left to rot in a freezer in a small town in northern Australia, media reported on Tuesday.

A group of children found the freezer that had been left behind a local shop at a small town called Humpty Doo, 40 km southeast of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory (NT), reported Xinhua.

Authorities said at least 50 crocodile heads – but as many as 70 – had been stuffed inside the freezer.

NT national parks and wildlife officers have joined the investigation.

Crocodiles are considered a protected species in Australia and anyone convicted of killing the animal faces a fine of $55,779 or five years in jail.

A limited number of permits are issued each year for local hunters to kill or remove crocodiles that pose a danger to the community.

Crocodile skin is incredibly valuable in the global fashion industry.

 

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