Stop Hog Deer Hunting On Snake Island

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It is unfair, unnecessary, unjust and unforgivable

Hog Deer were introduced to Victoria around 160 years ago and populations have lived on Snake Island for most of this period. The well-established and stable Snake Island population, of this now globally endangered Hog Deer species, has thrived under the protection of successive governments and all forms of hunting are currently banned on the island. This is despite many attempts by recreational hunters to have access to the deer over the past 60 years.

Unfortunately, the Victorian Government without any public consultation, has decided to withdraw this protection by supporting a trial of balloted hunting of hog deer on Snake Island. To make it very clear, the trial has not arisen as a result of over-population or other related adverse impact as has occurred with other deer species in other areas but rather to expressly to provide recreational hunters the opportunity to collect trophies, in particular stag heads.

Snake Island is located within the Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park, approximately 1 km off the coast and 2 km from the nearest point to Wilsons Promontory National Park. The island provides habitat and refuge for many species of fauna, including endangered species of migratory birds. As a result, Snake Island has been listed as a site of national environmental significance under the RAMSAR convention since 1982. The region is a popular tourist destination and hunting on this isolated yet readily accessible island just doesn’t make sense environmentally or ethically and will undoubtedly have a negative impact on developing eco-tourism opportunities on the island and in Corner Inlet generally.

The trial is planned to commence in 2017 and run from February to May each year. So the time available to have this decision reviewed is limited and will only occur with public support. By signing this petition, you will be sending a clear message to the Victoria Government to reverse this ill-considered decision and to put the interests of a majority of Victorians above those of a single interest group, albeit a very vocal group, such as recreational hunters.