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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...

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...

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...

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...

Nature Laws Explainer – The importance of an “EPA”  

by Humane Society International,

Guest Blog – By Frances Medlock, Commonwealth and Government Liaison, Environmental Defenders Office  One of the key commitments the Australian Government has made as part of their national environmental law reforms is to introduce a new national ‘Environment Protection Australia'. The EPA will have significant responsibilities under the new laws,...

Nature Laws Explainer: What are National Environmental Standards and why do we need them?

by Dr Megan Kessler,

If you’ve been following our campaign for strong nature laws, you’ll know that one of the key things we’ve been asking the Federal Government for are new National Environmental Standards. But what are National Environmental Standards and how can they save our precious wildlife and their homes? A quick definition...

Major progress for flying-foxes, at last!

by Humane Society International,

Queensland has officially committed to phase out the licensed shooting of bats, which marks an important win for flying-fox conservation and animal welfare. This commitment means that all flying-fox species will now be protected from shooting across Australia. Supporters like you have allowed HSI Australia to steadfastly champion the cause...

Guardian donkeys an essential tool in Predator Smart Farming

by Humane Society International,

Promise for a win-win solution for dingo protection and donkey welfare, written by HSI wildlife campaigner Dr. Louise Boronyak. When people talk of livestock guardian animals, donkeys are not what usually springs to mind. Yet donkeys are effective guardians for sheep, goats and cattle to proactively protect livestock from predation....

Get to know Nicola Beynon, Head of Campaigns Australia

by Humane Society International,

Nicola Beynon is HSI Australia’s Head of Campaigns and a lifelong animal advocate. Hailing from Wales, she arrived in Australia with an MSc in Conservation from Oxford University and University College London, passionate about protecting some of the most unique wildlife and habitats in the world.Why did you join HSI?I...

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