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Conservationists applaud Queensland’s further investment in drone surveillance on beaches

by Humane Society International,

The Palaszczuk government last week announced a greater investment in the state’s drone surveillance program at ocean beaches by committing $6 million over the next three years. The funding will bolster existing drone surveillance trials underway on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, North Stradbroke Island and Magnetic Island, while also...

One turtle killed every twelve days on NSW coast by shark nets in the past year, new data reveals

by Humane Society International,

Data released this week by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (‘DPI’) shows that 21 threatened marine turtles were killed in the last shark net season—a rate of one turtle every 12 days. Additionally, 14 Critically Endangered grey nurse sharks were caught, with five found dead and nine released, though...

Whaling ban celebrates 40th anniversary

by Humane Society International,

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the global moratorium on commercial whaling, an achievement that is hailed as one of the most significant conservation victories of all time. More than three million whales were killed for their oil and meat in the 20th century taking many species to the...

State of the Environment? Appalling.

by Humane Society International,

Australia's environment is in bad shape, according to the Federal Government's State of the Environment report released today. The report, released every five years, found that Australia's environment is 'poor and deteriorating', and that the laws in place to protect it are only partially effective.  The report is another entry...

Media Alert: Nets Out Now Rally – 9 July 2022

by Humane Society International,

A rally will be held to protest the continued use of shark nets and drumlines in Queensland's waters, and ask for an end to the use of these outdated, cruel and ineffective methods for good. The rally is hosted by Sea Shepherd, Humane Society International, Australian Marine Conservation Society, and...

Two whales simultaneously entangled in shark nets off QLD coast today

by Humane Society International,

Two whales have today been entangled in shark nets on Queensland's coast, one at Kirra Beach on the Gold Coast and the other at Marcoola Beach on the Sunshine Coast.* Every year at this time, humpback whales migrate from feeding grounds in the Southern Ocean to the warm waters of the...

Hippos, sharks, frogs and an Aussie skink among new global wildlife trade treaty nominations

by Humane Society International,

The requiem shark family, Australia's pygmy blue tongue sink, glass frogs, the hippopotamus, guitarfishes, and several types of small hammerhead shark are among the species nominations announced this week for listing on the UN treaty that controls trade in endangered wildlife.     The proposals will be considered for adoption at...

Pygmy blue tongue skink nominated for global trade ban

by Humane Society International,

The Australian Government has announced that the Endangered pygmy blue tongue skink will be nominated for an Appendix I CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) listing. Due to its small size and brilliant blue tongue, the skink is a popular fixture in the global live pet trade, which...

Migrating humpback whale entangled by Queensland’s shark nets off Surfers Paradise

by Humane Society International,

In what was previously flagged as an inevitability by conservation groups, a humpback whale has been today entangled in shark nets off Surfers Paradise. Every year at this time, humpback whales migrate from feeding grounds in the Southern Ocean to the warm waters of the Coral Sea to breed and...

Spotted-tail quoll and gang-gang cockatoo habitat in south east NSW declared Endangered

by Humane Society International,

Two important habitat areas for endangered species like spotted-tail quolls and gang-gang cockatoos in south east New South Wales have now been recognised as Endangered and listed as Threatened Ecological Communities (TEC) under NSW’s environment legislation. TEC listings provide historically cleared and at-risk habitats, as well as the animals that...

HSI welcomes Ministers Plibersek and Watt to the environment and agriculture portfolios

by Rhiannon Cunningham,

Humane Society International Australia wholeheartedly congratulates The Hon Tanya Plibersek on her appointment as Minister for Environment and Water, and Senator Murray Watt on his appointment as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Minister for Emergency Management, in the Albanese Government. On election night Prime Minister Albanese said...

Shark nets remain a deadly obstacle as humpback whales begin their east coast migration

by Humane Society International,

Whale migration season has come again to the East Coast with the first sightings being reported. Every year at this time, humpback whales migrate from feeding grounds in the Southern Ocean to the warm waters of the Coral Sea to breed and give birth to their young.    Tragically, Queensland...

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