The decision to list koalas as an endangered species on Australia’s east coast is a grim but important outcome that requires urgent action, according to animal welfare and conservation groups. Today’s announcement by Environment…
Australia’s environment is facing one of its toughest periods. The combined threats of habitat destruction, drought, bushfires and more means that Australia’s wildlife is facing an extinction crisis. Thousands of Australian species are threatened with extinction right now—and the list keeps growing.
It is clear that stronger laws are required if we want to protect the wildlife we have and to avert further loss. Australia is not alone in this challenge and a recent panel of experts convened by the United Nations identified the need for ‘transformative change’ to tackle the global extinction crisis.
Australia’s federal environmental law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), is the national law responsible for protecting and HSI has been engaged in this law for many decades. In 1999 it was a substantial advance on the laws it replaced, but it is no longer up to task. State and territory laws also continue to allow the clearing of precious habitats and destruction of native wildlife.
The threats faced by our natural environment have grown dramatically, and we now need stronger laws to protect Australia’s wild animals and places.