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Flying foxes      

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FLYING FOXES

Through our threatened species nomination program Humane Society International (HSI) has secured protection for eight species of bats and flying-foxes under Australian Commonwealth and state threatened species laws, and for the most part these protections have been successful. Frustratingly, some of these species are still persecuted despite their threatened status and HSI has had to maintain long-term campaigns to protect them. We have successfully prevented culling programs in local parks and botanic gardens across eastern Australia, sometimes having to resort to litigation in court.

HSI fought a particularly hard campaign to secure threatened species protection for the grey-headed flying fox under Commonwealth and New South Wales laws. Unfortunately, despite the legal protection achieved and years of protests, the NSW Government continues to issue licences to disperse important colonies and destroy critical grey-headed flying-fox habitat through a regressive Camp Management Policy released in early 2015.  However, there is some good news out of New South Wales with the July 1, 2015 end to shooting for crop protection in the state, which will see fruit growers no longer shoot thousands of flying-foxes every year, bringin the state into line with decisions taken in Victoria to stop licensing their fruit growers to shoot flying-foxes. In 2008, Queensland also banned shooting after they found it to be inhumane, although sadly in 2012 changes were made to regulations to exempt  flying-foxes from humane requirements, allowing shooting to resume. HSI is determined to bring this archaic policy to an end.

CAMPAIGN TO END KILLING OF FLYING FOXES

Don't let them shoot Flying Foxes, click here for more information.

HSI secured threatened species protection for the following species under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1999. As a result, any action that may significantly impact on them must be referred to the federal Environment Minister for approval.

Bare-rumped sheathtail bat (critically endangered)
Christmas Island pipistrelle (endangered)
Greater large-eared horsehoe bat (endangered)
Semon's leaf-nosed bat (endangered)
Pilbara leaf-nosed bat (vulnerable)
Large-eared pied bat (vulnerable)
Eastern long-eared bat - eastern form (vulnerable)
Grey-headed flying-fox (vulnerable)

 

 
 

Latest News

 

NSW GOVERNMENT APPROVES DESTRUCTION OF VITAL FLYING FOX  HABITAT

25th May 2016 click here

NSW POLICY AND FEDERAL GUIDELINES FAIL TO PROTECT AVALON'S FLYING-FOXES

6th November 2015 click here

FARCICAL MANAGEMENT RISKS ABANDONED PUPS AT CANNES RESERVE

6th October 2015 click here

HSI CELEBRATES END TO NSW FLYING-FOX SHOOTING

3rd July 2015 click here

NSW GOVERNMENT POLICY CLEARS THE WAY FOR THREATENED SPECIES DEMISE

25th June 2015 click here

END DATE IN SIGHT FOR SHOOTING OF FLYING-FOXES, BUT STILL TOO FAR OFF

3rd November, 2014 click here 

STOP THE FLYING FOX HYSTERIA

24th October 2014 click here 

FLYING-FOX NETTING PROGRAM WELCOMED, BUT NO EXCUSE FOR CONTINUED CRUELTY

19th August, 2014 click here

QUEENSLAND RETURNS TO CRUELTY ON NATIONAL THREATENED SPECIES DAY

September 7th, 2012 click here

COMMONWEALTH STARTS ON THE DISASTROUS ROAD OF DIVESTING ITSELF OF NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

July 11th, 2012 click here

BOTANIC GARDEN BATS MAY YET RETURN

June 8, 2012 click here

Environment, Welfare groups call for ban on flying fox killing to remain

March 7th, 2012 download PDF (349.1 kB)

Environment, welfare groups call for ban on flying-fox killing to remain - statement

March 7th, 2012 download PDF (529.2 kB)

Government scheme benefits crops, farmers and flying foxes

June 27, 2011 download PDF(189.9 kB)

Botanic Gardens delay bat dispersal - a temporary reprieve for bats

May 16, 2011 download PDF (93.4 kB)

Botanic Gardens dispersal will be no win for bats

April 15, 2011 download PDF (88 kB)

Flying Fox dispersal appeal in Court

April 8, 2011. Download PDF (86.9 kB)

Flying-Fox dispersal challenge in court

November 10, 2010. download PDF (86.3 kB)

Decision to disperse botanic gardens bats challenged in the federal court

July 27, 2010 Download PDF. (109.9 kB)

Botanic Gardens flying-foxes safe. for now.

June 22, 2010. Download PDF (297.3 kB)

Bat eviction to go ahead in sydney

May 14, 2010. Download PDF (97.9 kB)

Concerns over eviction of flying foxes from sydney botanic gardens

May 23, 2010. Download PDF (260 kB)

Image (c) Nick Edards - Flying fox giving birth.







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