Vital yet villainised.

Flying-foxes are remarkable and vital animals — they travel vast distances and disperse seeds as they go. But they are targeted and killed when they are considered a threat to fruit trees or if their camps disturb local residents as they migrate through towns.

Flying-fox stuck in a fruit net
Fruit netting is a major risk to flying-foxes. They get stuck in the large holes where they often die a slow and unnecessary death. Photo by Mike Jupp / WIRES

HSI has proudly secured legal protections for eight species of flying-foxes and bats but some species are still persecuted despite their threatened status—especially grey-headed and spectacled flying-foxes.

Shooting flying-foxes is ineffective and has massive animal welfare issues. Many animals are wounded and die slowly, sometimes when carrying young. Safe netting is a simple and effective alternative to shooting. 

We have secured a phase out of crop-protection shooting licenses in New South Wales, leaving Queensland as the only state that will still permit the cruel and unnecessary shooting of flying-foxes. Please take action to help stop flying-fox shooting in Queensland.

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