Flying-foxes get a last minute reprieve from the NSW Government
Humane Society International (HSI) today welcomed announcements by both the State Government and the NSW Liberals & Nationals to end the licensed shooting of flying-foxes in NSW.
In a last minute decision before entering the caretaker period the NSW State Government announced that farmers who are affected by flying-foxes would be given more than $5 million in financial assistance towards the installation of full exclusion netting around orchards, accompanied by a phase-out over a three year period of the licensed shooting of flying-foxes.
“The ending of the barbaric practice of the licensed shooting of one of our threatened native species is a welcome decision that cannot come soon enough” said HSI’s Alexia Wellbelove
HSI further welcomed the news that the NSW Liberals & Nationals, should they form Government post this month’s election, would further improve on the Government’s commitment by phasing out shooting within a two year period.
“This long-awaited commitment to end licensed shooting is a great relief to HSI, but it is essential that shooting is banned as soon as possible with no phase-in period. Only an immediate ban on the shooting of flying-foxes can avoid this unnecessary cruelty” concluded Alexia Wellbelove.
- Licenses are given to stone fruit growers to shoot and maim approximately a thousand grey-headed flying-foxes a year
- NSW is the only state in Australia which issues licenses to shoot grey-headed flying-foxes, which are listed as threatened species under both state and federal legislation
- HSI was responsible for the nomination of the grey-headed flying-fox, subsequently listed under federal legislation in 2001
- A 2009 expert review panel told the Environment Minister that the animal welfare issues arising from shooting flying-foxes are ‘unacceptable ethically and legally’
- Report on deaths and injuries to Grey-headed Flying-foxes, Pteropus poliocephalus shot in an orchard near Sydney, NSW http://hsi.org.au/editor/assets/Actions/Report_for_orc_%20shoot_2007.pdf
- For more information about HSI’s long-running campaign to end the shooting of flying-foxes see http://hsi.org.au/index.php?catID=263