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Action Alert - Flying Foxes Shooting      


SYDNEY- 19 March 2010
Last chance to end shooting of flying foxes in New South Wales
We are very close to seeing an end to the shooting of flying foxes in NSW but we need your help to make sure it happens. HSI understands the NSW Government will very soon decide whether to introduce a new policy on the shooting of flying-foxes. They are considering a proposal to provide fruit growers with financial assistance to net their crops as a more effective and humane way to protect them against foraging flying foxes than shooting.

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.

The Hon Kristina Keneally MP
Parliament House
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone:(02) 9228 5239
Fax: (02) 9228 3934
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

Please send us copies of any responses you receive.

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