NSW Government licenses extreme animal cruelty
A shocking new report, made public today, reveals the NSW Government is giving out licenses to farmers so that they may commit animal cruelty offences on their properties.
The licenses are given to stone fruit growers to shoot grey-headed flying-foxes, a species threatened with extinction.
The report details autopsy findings from 136 bodies retrieved from a typical orchard after shooting events. “Shot gun pellets pepper the animals’ bodies causing multiple fractures and haemorrhaging. A high percentage of animals are not killed instantly and are left wounded in the trees to die slow painful deaths from their injuries, infection, dehydration or predation,” said Nicola Beynon for Humane Society International.
The autopsies indicate 79% of animals would have been conscious and in pain before succumbing to their injuries at least several hours after being shot.
“The majority of animals shot are reproductive females and a high percentage are lactating – their orphans die from starvation”, said Ms Beynon.
The licenses are issued by the Department of Environment and Climate Change under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act but HSI believes they result in offences being committed under the NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act administered by the Department of Primary Industries.
“It is untenable for one arm of the NSW Government to issue licenses to farmers for activities that could see them prosecuted for animal cruelty offences under legislation from another arm of Government,” concluded Ms Beynon.
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Carmel Tebbutt, is currently reviewing the licensing policy with a decision expected mid year. The Queensland Government has ceased issuing licenses to shoot flying-foxes because it is inhumane. The RSPCA and NSW Animal Welfare League also have standing to prosecute cruelty offences.