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)
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
HSI CELEBRATES END TO NSW FLYING-FOX SHOOTING
NSW GOVERNMENT POLICY CLEARS THE WAY FOR THREATENED SPECIES DEMISE
END DATE IN SIGHT FOR SHOOTING OF FLYING-FOXES, BUT STILL TOO FAR OFF
STOP THE FLYING FOX HYSTERIA
FLYING-FOX NETTING PROGRAM WELCOMED, BUT NO EXCUSE FOR CONTINUED CRUELTY
QUEENSLAND RETURNS TO CRUELTY ON NATIONAL THREATENED SPECIES DAY
COMMONWEALTH STARTS ON THE DISASTROUS ROAD OF DIVESTING ITSELF OF NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
BOTANIC GARDEN BATS MAY YET RETURN
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.