Human-wildlife coexistence is a focus of Humane Society International Australia’s wildlife campaigns. Coexistence means to exist together, to share landscapes and behave in ways that are mutually respectful and peaceful. Coexistence aims to balance…
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.
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.