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Nature Law Explainer: Objects and Duties

by Dr Megan Kessler,

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the very existence of national environmental laws creates an obligation on Environment Ministers to protect the environment. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Instead, their obligations are limited by the objects and duties that are specified in the law. And in the case of our...

Enhancing dingo protection at the First Nations Dingo Forum

by Dr Louise Boronyak,

Image Credit: Harry Vincent  As part of Humane Society International Australia’s commitment to protecting dingoes, we were proud to sponsor the Inaugural First Nations Dingo Forum held recently in Cairns. This forum was the first of its kind, bringing together First Nations people and scientists from across mainland Australia to...

Disappointing: VIC Government renews Order to kill threatened dingoes

by Humane Society International,

The Victorian Government has announced their plans to renew the Order in Council that renders dingoes as ‘unprotected fauna’ in parts of the state for another 12 months. Under these regulations dingoes are able to be shot, trapped or baited on private land as well as public lands such as...

Maugean skate captive breeding program needs clean harbour for best chance of success

by Humane Society International,

Image Credit: Jane Rucker Maugean skate’s only home is Macquarie Harbour, which hosts intense salmon farming Tasmania’s Maugean skate may go the way of the Tasmanian tiger within 10 years and is only one extreme weather event away from extinction  Removing salmon pens would give Maugean skate a fighting chance...

Nature Laws Explainer – Managing Wildlife Trade

by Dr Megan Kessler,

Image Credit: The Age 2017 Wildlife trade - both legal and illegal - is a lucrative global business worth billions of dollars per year, putting at risk the conservation and welfare of the animals being exploited. It’s a cruel truth that in this industry, Australia’s unique and spectacular biodiversity is...

 Iceland will allow commercial whaling to resume

by Humane Society International,

 Iceland will allow commercial whaling to resume in ’devastating rejection of once-in-a-generation opportunity to end slaughter at sea’ Humane Society International says Minister’s dismissal of animal cruelty is ‘inexplicable’ BRUSSELS (31 Aug. 2023)―As news breaks that Iceland will allow the resumption of commercial whaling with the introduction of so-called “improvements”,...

NSW again rolls out antiquated shark net technology

by Humane Society International,

Marine advocates respond by calling on the public to fax the Premier This morning 51 shark nets return to NSW beaches for their 86th year in a row, after a decision confirmed by the NSW Government last Tuesday.   In the days since the government’s decision, there has been public outrage...

We support a First Nations Voice to Parliament

by Humane Society International,

Humane Society International (HSI) Australia accepts the generous invitation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, for all Australians to walk together for a better future.  As such, we support the call for a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution.  HSI is working to build a world...

STATEMENT: ABC 7:30 showcase brutal reality of Australian live sheep export 

by Humane Society International,

Last night ABC 7:30 aired a story showcasing the callous mistreatment of Australian sheep in the Middle East thanks to an investigation by Animals Australia.  For decades Humane Society International (HSI) Australia has campaigned for an end to live sheep exports, by lobbying the government, submitting to parliamentary inquiries, and...

Seabirds and wind farms: When extinction crisis meets climate crisis

by Nicola Beynon,

Climate change is having a devastating impact on our wildlife and their ecosystems. HSI Australia is concerned for albatross collisions with offshore wind farms, but this is balanced with our decades-long campaigning for a rapid transition to a clean economy. We make it our mission to champion solutions that benefit...

Nature Laws Explainer – Critical Habitat needs protection 

by Dr Megan Kessler,

Photo Credit: John & Sarah Gilmore - Wildside Sanctuary It feels like it shouldn’t need saying, but saving our threatened wildlife and their homes will only happen if we protect the areas that are critical to their survival. Our current national environmental law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999...

Government told to stop pretending the shark nets benefit public safety

by Humane Society International,

Humane Society International (HSI) Australia and Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) call on the NSW Government to announce an urgent retirement plan for the shark nets, after they confirmed all 51 wildlife death traps would be returning to Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong beaches on the 1st September. The decision is...

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