NSW is the only state in Australia which still licences the shooting of the grey-headed flying-fox, despite the native species being listed as threatened with extinction in NSW since 2001. Shooting flying-foxes is cruel and inhumane, a fact supported by an independent review panel commissioned to look at this issue by the NSW Government. The review panel found that the issues arising from the shooting of flying-foxes were ' unacceptable ethically and legally'.
Queensland banned the shooting of flying-foxes in 2008 for animal welfare reasons, and it's time that NSW did the same. A long campaign in NSW has brought us to this point and many in the fruit farming community now support a move to nets, but if the Government fails to reach a decision to end the shooting and help install nets in the next few weeks ' we are likely to be stuck with the problem for years to come. For further information on HSI's Stop Shooting Flying-Foxes campaign see http://bit.ly/15FXs7
Help us end the shooting:
Write to NSW Premier Kristina Keneally, Minister for Climate Change and the Environment and the Minister for Primary Industries, asking them to follow the lead of Queensland and commit to an end date for the shooting of flying-foxes in NSW.
Tell the Ministers that the continuing suffering of flying-foxes due to shooting is unacceptable whilst alternatives to protect crops are available, a fact supported by the Government's own independent review. Let them know you support financial assistance for netting as you wish to see an end to both legal and illegal shooting.
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