The National Koala Conservation & Management Strategy 2009-2014 has failed the Koalas living in Blue Gum plantations. Urgent action is needed to prevent further deaths and injuries to these animals.
Here is the link to the ABC TV 7.30 report.
A warning that this report contains some graphic images.
- Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
The Hon Mark Butler MP
Thank you, ABC TV, for reporting on the terrible fate of Koalas living in Blue Gum Plantations in SA and Victoria (7.30 Report SA: ABC TV: 22.02.13 )
We were shocked. The terrible injuries and horrible deaths of those Koalas is unacceptable. For the Federal and State Departments responsible for protection of wildlife, not to have determined the numbers of Koalas living in those plantations, and not to have had in place a relocation program, is reprehensible.
The companies felling the trees have also shown wilful disregard for the welfare of Koalas and should be prosecuted for cruelty to animals.
As there appears to be limited habitats for Koalas to live in, due to loss of their natural habitats, it would be preferable to see some Blue Gum Plantations left in place for the Koalas. Even if the State and Federal Govts have to buy the land and trees to make that happen.
It would also be a very positive step if the State and Federal Govts funded the Volunteer Animal Refuges struggling to manage with the rescued Koalas. And last but not least, ensure enough people are on the ground to remove Koalas from the trees, before the trees are felled.
The Fed Govt needs to accept its share of the responsibility, and not leave it all to the States, as they helped create the Blue Gum Plantations in the first place.
Clearly the National Koala Conservation & Management Strategy 2009-2014 has failed the Koalas living in Blue Gum plantations.
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