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24 October 2014 - STOP THE FLYING-FOX HYSTERIA!      


24 October 2014


Humane Society International (HSI) today expressed its alarm at continuing erroneous statements made by media regarding the shooting of flying-foxes. Science is being ignored and hysteria promoted by pure biological ignorance.

The species most likely to be shot in New South Wales is the grey-headed flying-fox, a federally and state protected threatened species. Shooting of flying-foxes not only has conservation concerns, but is totally ineffective and has significant animal welfare problems.

“It is incredibly hard to ensure an accurate shot for flying-foxes, meaning many are left to die a slow death from starvation. Shot females are also likely to have left behind young to suffer a similar fate” said HSI’s Michael Kennedy.

“It is totally inappropriate for any Government to be sanctioning this kind of cruelty to our wildlife. The reality is that there are many other strategies that can be better deployed to live in harmony with flying-foxes, and the threat of contracting disease from them is absolutely minuscule” continued Mr Kennedy.

The grey-headed flying-fox is listed as a nationally threatened species under the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1999, after a scientific nomination prepared by Humane Society International. The Commonwealth must retain national responsibility for protecting this species and these powers MUST NOT be devolved to local councils. HSI is seeking legal advice on this matter.

“HSI is therefore calling on the NSW Government to commit not to shoot our threatened species and not to devolve powers for flying-fox management to local councils.” concluded Mr Kennedy.


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