Because this legislation for threatened wildlife is specific to NSW and Victoria, the most powerful action you can take today is to send a message directly to the Victorian and NSW Premiers Daniel Andrews [email protected] and Gladys Berejiklian [email protected].
It's estimated that over 1 billion native animals have perished in the recent bushfires, with actual numbers likely to be much higher. With the bushfire season far from over — and parts of Australia still on fire — survival for many of Australia's most loved species is not guaranteed.
But it's not only fire and starvation facing Australian wildlife.
Every year, private landowners legally kill hundreds of thousands of native animals including wombats, sulphur crested cockatoos, lorikeets, galahs, little red flying foxes, kangaroos, wallaroos and brushtail possums. You can even kill a kookaburra — Australia's 'king of the jungle' — under permit schemes handed out by governments in New South Wales and Victoria.
And it's easy to get a permit or as it's called in NSW, a 'licence to harm'. All you need to do is fill out a form indicating that one of these animals is a 'pest', is damaging land or property, is a threat to people or in the case of an Ibis, is simply causing a 'nuisance'.
Caring people around the world are watching in horror as Australia's precious and unique wildlife is ravaged by fire. Wildlife carers and vets are working day and night to find and heal the survivors. It would be unconscionable for state governments to allow the killing of native animals to continue.
The next year is going to be critical in ensuring that we don't lose some species forever. More than ever, native animals should be protected, not rescued just to be put back in harm's way.
TAKE ACTION: Urge your state MP to support a moratorium on the killing of protected wildlife and through suspending any further permits to kill native animals.