Koalas, Black August and the long bloody history of the fur trade

This August saw the 90th anniversary of one of the most shameful periods in the history of the fur trade, an industry that has left a trail of blood, death and extinction in its wake for centuries.  ‘Black August’, as the month has been since notoriously remembered, occurred in 1927 when the Queensland Government declared ‘open season’ on the iconic marsupials. During Black August, 600,000 koala pelts were collected, but
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