The Australian Government is investigating how a panther that had been spotted in the north-west of the country was rebranded to a “bully” in Australia’s sporting capital of Melbourne.
The new image of the panther, which was used to promote a campaign of tourism to the city, was taken from a website created by the United States company A.I.
G, which is the parent company of the sports club and the pleasanton-based business.
It was posted on the pleasantons website on Friday.
In a statement, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said: “DFAT is currently investigating how this rebranding of the animal was authorised and approved by A.G. and the local sporting club.”
The department said it was working closely with the local authorities to identify the owner of the website.
“The department is aware of reports that the panthers pictured in the campaign have been rebranded,” the statement said.”DFAT has been in contact with the club concerned to ensure the welfare of the animals and the public.”
In March, it emerged that the A.F.C. had raised concerns about a panthers website that featured photos of the creatures, including a photograph of a female panther.
The A.C.(A)F.I., a national wildlife authority, said in July it had launched an investigation into the matter, but the department did not specify which company was behind the rebrand.
The Department of Natural Resources and Forestry, which regulates the Aussie hunting industry, did not respond to requests for comment.
The department’s website now has a statement on it explaining the decision to remove the images.
“We believe that this rebranded website has the potential to have a negative impact on tourism to Melbourne,” it reads.
“To ensure that this is not the case, the department has decided to remove these images from the AFA website and have advised that any future images will be restricted to a local club.”
If you are interested in purchasing any of the images please contact the club or the AOA (Australian Outdoor Adventure League) for more information.
“In the statement, A.E.A.L. said it had “no comment” on the decision.