A farmer in Victoria’s north-west who arranged hay bales to resemble a bull mating with a cow has been ordered to remove the sculpture under pain of obscenity charges.
Kactus Point Charolais stud owner Bruce Cook said he created the sculpture on his farm near Kerang as “a bit of fun”.
But after someone complained that the sculpture was offensive and obscene, Mr Cook received a call from the police telling him he had to take it down and that he could be charged with “publishing pornographic images”.
“I couldn’t believe it. How could anyone be offended by something that happens out in the paddocks for real every day of the week?” Mr Cook told The Weekly Times.
“It’s just nature,” he said.
“I told the copper to p*** off.
“They have picked on the wrong person. I don’t care what they threaten me with. The sculpture stays.”
Victoria Police has confirmed it received a complaint, had spoken to all parties involved, and was making further enquiries, a spokesman said.