HSI SEEKS BENEFITS FOR CONSERVATION AND ANIMAL WELFARE IN QLD CATTLE GRAZING DEBATE
Humane Society International (HSI) today congratulated Minister Burke for standing up to the Queensland Government over grazing in national parks. HSI has also expressed its extreme alarm at such environmentally damaging proposals.
As an organisation that advocates for both conservation and animal welfare outcomes, HSI believes that a better solution can be found to benefit both objectives.
“HSI is concerned to hear that Queensland’s cattle are in severe need of food resources, however, opening up Queensland’s national parks is not the answer” said Alexia Wellbelove of HSI.
“National Parks are fragile ecosystems containing nationally threatened species and ecosystems, many protected under Commonwealth law, that will likely be significantly impacted by grazing. It is vital that the conservation values in the National Parks are not severely compromised, and the welfare of cattle should be dealt with by sensible and separate measures – such as through food drops or other assistance packages to address animal welfare concerns” concluded Ms Wellbelove.
HSI urges the Minister to further examine the impacts of the cattle grazing in the National Parks to listed threatened species and ecological communities.