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Save our Marine Sanctuaries

Save our Marine Sanctuaries

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The Turnbull Government has released its draft plans for our suspended National Network of Marine Sanctuaries. 

Unbelievably, they have completely ignored their own science recommendations, the voice of the Australian public and the pleas of local communities.

Devastating cutbacks are proposed for our best-loved marine treasures right around the country, opening the door to destructive commercial fishing and to oil and gas giants at Lord Howe, Geographe Bay, Perth Canyon, the Great Australian Bight, the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Kimberley, and the Coral Sea – the cradle to the Great Barrier Reef.

But these plans are not set in stone. They’re asking for your feedback.

Add your name today to stop this madness and save our sanctuaries. Please also consider adding in your address or postcode so we can send a copy of your letter to your local MP.



Tell the Federal Government to stop the Australian export of hammerheads for shark fin soup!

Tell the Federal Government to stop the Australian export of hammerheads for shark fin soup!

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Hammerhead sharks are on the verge of receiving Federal protection as an endangered species. But we need your help to make it happen!

Following nominations from Humane Society International, Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg is considering whether to protect great, scalloped and smooth hammerhead sharks as Endangered under our national environment law – the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Hammerheads are endangered due to the shark fin trade, with fins from almost 370 tonnes of hammerheads allowed to be exported from Australia every year, fuelling the demand for shark fin soup. Australia’s shark control programs are also threatening the species with almost 15,000 hammerheads having been killed in Queensland’s Shark Control Program since its inception, and over 5,000 killed in the NSW shark meshing program.

We need to convince the Federal Environment Minister that these species of hammerhead sharks deserve to be listed as Endangered, over a lesser listing as Conservation Dependent. A Conservation Dependant listing will mean that these globally endangered species will still be allowed to be taken commercially in Australian fisheries, and exported to Asia for shark fin soup. This is no different to allowing elephants to be killed for ivory or tigers for their skins. To allow that to happen to an endangered species from Australian waters would be a disgrace.

We need to let the Minister know that these species should no longer be targeted by Australian fisheries and that they should be given the protection they deserve.

Use our online form below to tell Minister Frydenberg to protect our important top predators.

Tell Minister Frydenberg to keep platypus at home in Australia

Tell Minister Frydenberg to keep platypus at home in Australia

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It has recently come to light that a controversial agreement has been reached to export Australian platypus from Taronga Zoo overseas to San Diego Zoo. As history has shown us, this kind of export of our precious wildlife is extremely dangerous.

The last time any platypus were exported overseas was in 1958, when three were shipped to Bronx Zoo in New York. Within months all had died. The fact remains that the animal does not travel well, and this similar export plan could see these animals die unnecessarily.

The permit application requires approval from Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg, as the platypus is a protected species, so we need you to write to him to tell him that the export plan is a horrible idea and that there is absolutely no conservation benefit in exporting them overseas.

TAKE ACTION and tell Minister Frydenberg to reject this plan and to keep this beloved Australian icon at home to ensure they aren’t facing a death sentence.

Urge the South Korean government to protect all dogs and cats from the cruel dog meat industry

Urge the South Korean government to protect all dogs and cats from the cruel dog meat industry

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South Korea is the only country in the world known to intensively breed dogs for human consumption. Thousands of dog meat farms across the country breed an estimated 2.5 million dogs each year who are confined in small, barren cages outdoors. They live in states of perpetual fear, boredom, hunger and disease, often resulting in self-mutilation. For those who survive, their fate is a brutal death at one of the nation’s markets or slaughterhouses.

Most people in South Korea don’t regularly eat dog meat. Public opinion is turning and, like us, they agree that dogs are friends, not food, and that all dogs are equally worthy of compassion and protection from cruelty.

Humane Society International and our partners are committed to ending the dog meat industry in South Korea, by exposing the cruelty, raising vital public and political awareness, and increasing support for a phase out. A vital step towards this goal is the legal recognition of all dogs and cats as companion animals protected from cruelty.

Please sign our petition below calling on the South Korean government to identify all dogs and cats as companion animals under the law regardless of breed or place of birth, and to ban the slaughter of these animals for human consumption.

Urge Minister Frydenberg to protect threatened habitat for koalas and swift parrots!

Urge Minister Frydenberg to protect threatened habitat for koalas and swift parrots!

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Australia’s Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, is due to make a listing decision for Poplar Box Grassy Woodland on Alluvial Plains – a Threatened Ecological Community nominated by Humane Society International (HSI) in 2013. Once it passes this final hurdle, the grassy woodlands will become the 28th national ecological community to be initiated by HSI’s successful habitat protection program.

Poplar Box Grassy Woodland on Alluvial Plains, of which more than 75% have been cleared, provide vital habitat for many plants and animals including threatened and iconic species such as the swift parrot, koala, bush stone-curlew and Australian bustard. Listing the community under Federal environmental law will provide additional protection for the most important remnants, and assist landholder participation in the recovery process.

Evidence provided in HSI’s nomination has now been assessed by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), which determined that Poplar Box Grassy Woodland on Alluvial Plains is eligible for an Endangered listing. It found that the woodland has become severely fragmented, particularly in its northern extent, which has resulted in fewer, more isolated patches, spaced further apart in the landscape.

Having passed through the assessment process, Minister Frydenberg must now make a decision on the ecological community by the end of August. But there is no reason to wait! The TSSC’s findings are clear and should not be politicised – an immediate listing is the correct course of action and is needed to save this ecosystem under threat.

A Federal Environment Minister has never failed to list a Threatened Ecological Community following TSSC advice to do so, and we need your help to make sure it stays that way by getting Poplar Box Grassy Woodland on Alluvial Plains over the line! Please write to Minister Frydenberg and let him know that this wildlife habitat is too important to lose:

Tell The Australian to give sharks a fair go in their reporting!

Tell The Australian to give sharks a fair go in their reporting!

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Over the past few months we’ve noticed a lot of reporting in The Australian on sharks, but unfortunately these articles seem to be primarily based on uninformed hearsay by politicians and media commentators on great white shark populations and don’t seem to be reflecting much actual debate or perspectives from the science or conservation communities. In his article today, Pawle quoted four renowned shark scientists in Australia and then dismissed their findings using an anecdote from a shark fisher.

Pitting sharks against human lives does nothing to help make our oceans any safer for bathers or surfers. Instead, it’s important that articles are driven by the facts and not emotion so as to better inform the public of the reality facing our threatened marine wildlife and the non-lethal alternatives to lethal culling programs like shark nets and drum lines that are available.

As the organisation that nominated the species for the protection the great white receives under Federal, New South Wales, Victorian and Tasmanian law, we wanted to give you the opportunity to let The Australian know you want to see more balanced reporting on the issue.

TAKE ACTION and fill our our form below to tell The Australian you believe sharks need to be protected.

BUNNY LOVE! HELP SECURE AUSTRALIAN COSMETICS ANIMAL TESTING BAN

BUNNY LOVE! HELP SECURE AUSTRALIAN COSMETICS ANIMAL TESTING BAN

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During the last federal election the Turnbull Government promised to ban cosmetics testing on animals and although we welcome their new Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017, we are concerned that it does not go far enough.  The bill has a loophole which would severely undermine the ban.

A Senate Inquiry is now underway and we submitted our recommended amendments* in June to the Committee.  We are now calling on the Senate to support our amendments to the bill making the ban water tight.

TAKE ACTIONPlease support our #BeCrueltyFree Australia campaign by scrolling down to complete our online form calling on the Senate to support amendments to ensure a water tight ban on cosmetic testing on animals.

* You can read our full submission outlining the recommended amendments here, but please don’t forget to come back and Take Action for the animals!

Take action to make the ban of dog meat sales at Yulin permanent

Take action to make the ban of dog meat sales at Yulin permanent

On a truck parked on Renminzhong Rd. are caged dogs, waiting to be transferred to a slaughterhouse in the narrow alley.

Thousands of dogs and cats, many of them stolen pets, are captured and transported over long distances under horrific conditions to Yulin, a city in China. There, they’re held in crowded cages without food or water until they are brutally killed. Often, they are beaten and their throats are slit in front of other terrified animals. Most Chinese citizens reject this practice, and we’re committed to supporting them in ending the festival.

This year, sources in China are reporting that the local government of Yulin will prohibit restaurants, street vendors and market traders from selling dog meat at the city’s now-infamous festival.

The ban is set to come into effect on June 15–one week prior to the start of the event on the summer solstice. It’s meant to be strictly enforced, with fines of up to 100,000 yuan and the risk of arrest for violations. However, the ban is only temporary, and many dogs and cats will still be killed ahead of time. Because of your voice and millions of others, the Yulin festival has reduced in size since it first began in 2010. At its height, up to 15,000 dogs were killed for their meat during the festival days. But more recently, fewer dogs–2-3,000–have been killed during this time. Of course every life lost is one too many, and so together we fight on.

You can help make the ban permanent. Please thank Mr. Mo Gong Ming for taking a major step toward stopping the annual cruelty at Yulin and ask him to end the slaughter once and for all.


Get lippy over potential loopholes in the ban on cosmetic animal testing

Get lippy over potential loopholes in the ban on cosmetic animal testing

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It’s great news that in the Federal Budget for 2017, the Turnbull Government announced $2.1 million for its promised ban on using animal testing for cosmetics.

But we’re not quite ready to celebrate yet because the Government is considering two major loopholes that could hinder a comprehensive ban. We need your help to ensure these loopholes don’t end up in the legislation the Government brings forward.

TAKE ACTION: Help us make sure the Government delivers fully on their election commitment without any loopholes. Ask the Assistant Minister to make sure the ban will not include any loopholes so that it is comprehensive and effective and protects consumers from buying cruelty.

The loopholes are explained in the letter we’ve pre-written for you, so it will only take 2 minutes to support our #BeCrueltyFree Australia campaign.


The deadline for this action has now closed. Click here to see other actions you can take.

GET LIPPY ABOUT ANIMAL TESTING FOR COSMETICS

GET LIPPY ABOUT ANIMAL TESTING FOR COSMETICS

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We need you to get lippy about loopholes in the Government’s proposed ban on animal testing for cosmetics.

In June 2016 we all welcomed the Turnbull Government’s election commitment to ban animal testing for cosmetics and the sale of newly animal tested cosmetic products and ingredients in Australia by 1st July 2017.  Following the initial public survey process, the Government has now released a Consultation Paper (March 2017) outlining their proposed strategies for implementing the ban and we can see some major loopholes.  (You can learn more about the Consultation here).

TAKE ACTION:  The Government is inviting feedback on the proposed strategies for the ban which is due by Friday 31st March 2017Help us make sure the Government delivers on their election commitment without any loopholes.  Please take 2 minutes to support our #BeCrueltyFree Australia campaign by providing feedback on the proposed strategies, objecting to loopholes that would allow cosmetic testing on animals and undermine the ban. Simply scroll down to sign your name because the animals can’t speak for themselves – we need to get lippy for them!


The deadline for feedback on the proposed strategies for the ban has now closed. Click here to see other actions you can take.