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Action Alert - End shooting of flying-foxes      

Ask Nsw government to end shooting of flying-foxes now!


Ask NSW Government to end shooting of flying-foxes now!

Sydney, 10th December

The NSW Government will be meeting shortly to discuss Government policy on the shooting of flying-foxes. NSW is the only state in Australia which still licences the shooting of a threatened native species, the grey-headed flying-fox. The NSW Government issues licences to shoot flying-foxes to protect orchard crops from attack by flying-foxes, despite evidence that the only effective measure to protect crops is the installation of full exclusion netting. This is also despite evidence that shooting of flying-foxes is cruel and inhumane, a fact supported by an independent review panel commissioned to look at this issue by the NSW Government. In their report, the review panel found that the animal welfare issues arising from the shooting of flying-foxes were ' ˜unacceptable ethically and legally'.

HSI has been campaigning for some time to end this cruel practice. Queensland banned the shooting of flying-foxes in 2008 for animal welfare reasons, and it's time that NSW did the same and commit to an end date for the shooting of flying-foxes. Unfortunately it is too late for some bats, with the 2009-2010 shooting season already underway, but it's not too late to convince Ministers to make this the last season of shooting. Only by ending shooting can the cruelty end.

For further information on HSI's Stop Shooting Flying-Foxes campaign click here.

Urgent action required:

Write to NSW's Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, and the Minister for Primary Industries, asking them to commit to an end date for the shooting of flying-foxes in NSW.

Tell the Ministers that the continuing suffering of flying-foxes is unacceptable whilst alternatives to protect crops are available, a fact supported by the Government's own independent review. Encourage them to follow the lead of the Queensland Government and ban shooting of flying-foxes at the end of the current season.

The Hon Frank Sartor MP
Minister for Climate Change and the Environment
Parliament House
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Fax: (02) 9567 0508
Email: rockdale@parliament.nsw.gov.au
The Hon Steve Whan MP
Minister for Primary Industries
Level 11
52 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Fax: (02) 9228 3804
Email: office@whan.minister.nsw.gov.au

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