The grey-headed flying-fox, one of the largest bats in the world, was listed as a nationally Vulnerable species in 2001 after being nominated for the threatened status by Humane Society International. They cover a…
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.