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STATEMENT: Destructive gillnets to be removed from Great Barrier Reef

by Humane Society International,

Humane Society International (HSI) Australia warmly welcomes announcements from the Federal Minister for the Environment and Water, Tanya Plibersek and the Queensland State Government committing to remove destructive gillnets from the Great Barrier Reef. Along with a $160 million commitment to purchase and retire gillnet licenses, all hammerhead shark species...

Gold Coast whale entanglement confirmed as first of the season 

by Humane Society International,

A migrating humpback whale was entangled in a shark net last night off Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast, marking the first entanglement of the young whale migration season. The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has confirmed that crews beginning at 6 am this morning were able to free the animal. ...

Call to stop killing of Dingoes on public lands

by Humane Society International,

An alliance of Indigenous, landholder and conservation organisations has called on state and federal governments to stop the killing of Dingoes on public lands. The call follows the release of a new national study on the genetics of wild canids in Australia by University of New South Wales researchers.    The...

Animal protection NGOs and negotiation teams discuss animal welfare in EU-Australia trade deal

by Humane Society International,

BRUSSELS (May 23, 2023)—As the trade negotiations between the European Union and Australia move closer towards conclusion, representatives of animal protection NGOs and the negotiating teams from both sides today convened today at the European Parliament for a roundtable discussion organised by Humane Society International, exploring its potential positive effects...

Queensland to stop the shooting of flying-foxes

by Humane Society International,

Queensland has become the last jurisdiction to end the issuing of licences to shoot flying-foxes.  Humane Society International (HSI) Australia welcomes the announcement by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science for a 3-year phase out the shooting of flying-foxes after a long public consultation. The animal protection organisation says it is an important win for flying-fox conservation and animal welfare.  In a letter...

Could Tasmania host world’s first extinction of shark or ray in modern times?

by Humane Society International,

Maugean skate may follow thylacine and be extinct in 10 years, new study finds Salmon farms and dams are destroying its only home in Macquarie Harbour  Tasmania’s Maugean skate has been around since the dinosaurs but it could become the first ray or shark in the world to become extinct in...

STATEMENT: Pig gassing footage should shock Australians

by Humane Society International,

This week, distressing footage of pigs being gassed with carbon dioxide before slaughter aired on ABC’s 7.30 program across Australia. Pigs were seen thrashing, screaming and desperately gasping for air as they painfully submitted to effects of the carbon dioxide exposure.  Around 85% of the 5 million pigs processed in...

Australian disaster response team dispatched to Türkiye to continue animal rescues

by Humane Society International,

Team members from Humane Society International (HSI) Australia's disaster response team have deployed to Antakya, Türkiye, to assist HSI's global team from the United States, Europe, Guatemala and El Salvador with continued animal rescue efforts in the aftermath of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake last month. Images and video available here.    More than a month after the deadly earthquake, HSI is still finding dogs and cats alive in abandoned...

End to suffering of sheep on live export ships inches closer

by Humane Society International,

Today Minister Murray Watt has announced the establishment of an expert panel to consult on the Albanese Government’s election commitment to end the extreme suffering of sheep on live export ships.  Animal welfare organisation Humane Society International (HSI) is encouraged by the establishment of the expert panel. The organisation says...

Extra Protection Proposed for Sub-Antarctic Haven for Wildlife

by Humane Society International,

Macquarie Island is an exceptional wildlife haven for penguins, elephant seals and albatross, at the half-way mark between Australia and Antarctica. Humane Society International (HSI) wholeheartedly supports tripling the size of the marine park that surrounds it, as has been proposed by the Australian federal Environment Minister, Tanya Plibersek.   “We...

Shocking footage of dead dolphin caught in shark nets today at Bronte, NSW

by Humane Society International,

Footage has emerged of a dead dolphin suspended in a shark net just off Bronte beach this morning. The footage is a heart-sickening reminder of the need for NSW to cement its transition to modern shark safety technology and do away with archaic shark nets once and for all.    Sadly,...

HSI reminds Japanese whalers of our injunction to stop their whaling in Antarctica

by Humane Society International,

Reports emerged this week that Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha, the Japanese whaling company, has built a new ‘mother ship’ capable of returning to Antarctica for commercial whaling.   The world celebrated when Japan stopped its commercial whale hunts in Antarctica in 2019. This followed rulings that the whaling in Antarctica was illegal...

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Our campaigns team can provide expert statements and are often interviewed for media stories on animal welfare and conservation. For all media inquiries, please contact Hannah Clayton, Humane Society International Australia, Communications Manager, on 0406 017 588 or hclayton@hsi.org.au