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Devil Photos Demonstrate Devastation of Logging Burns

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Monday, 27 March 2023

Tags: Tasmanian Devil, Native Forest Logging, Threatened Species

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment Spokesperson

Shocking photos of a Tasmanian Devil that appears to have been incinerated by a Forestry Tasmania logging burn again highlights the destruction and suffering of this unnecessary practice.

This is what the biodiversity crisis looks like under Forestry Tasmania’s management, with all life post-logging burnt alive.

Given the huge tracts of land burned by Forestry Tasmania every year, it was always obvious native wildlife would be obliterated. But seeing these harrowing photos of a charred young devil are a stark reminder of the everyday reality in autumn.

This is photographic evidence of an iconic and threatened Tasmanian species being burnt to a crisp in its own home.

Forestry Tasmania’s logging burns are carbon-emitting bombs, with enormous climate impacts. They cause serious health effects for people with respiratory disorders, and lost productivity for local businesses. Despite widespread evidence of avoidable harm, the Liberals insist on continuing this destructive policy.

Tasmania’s forests should be a safe haven for our insects, mammals, lizards and birds, but instead they’re being logged and burned. In a climate and biodiversity crisis this is a crime against nature.

We expect the Liberals will see these photos and do nothing. They have never yet shown they understand the value of Tasmania’s unique, carbon rich native forests or our wildlife.

We hope that by drawing attention to this awful situation, even more Tasmanians will understand the true cost of native forest logging and join the growing number of people from all walks of life calling for it to end.