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Minister Needs to Get Serious About Devils

Nick Mckim

Nick Mckim  -  Monday, 12 January 2015

Tags: Wedge-Tailed Eagle, Tasmanian Devil

Greens Environment spokesperson Nick McKim MP today indicated that if Environment Minister Matthew Groom is serious about the Tasmanian Devil becoming the State’s animal ambassador he should insist that the ban on 1080, which he supported lifting in May last year, is restored immediately.

"Mr Groom's hypocrisy is staggering," said Greens Environment spokesperson Nick McKim MP.

"He tells us that he cares about the Devils, but he has supported roads and mines in the Tarkine that would open up one of the last DFTD-free strongholds, and the lifting of the ban on 1080 which is lethal to Tasmanian Devils."

"He has also supported the suspension of the ban on broadscale land clearing that was due to commence last week and would have protected Devil habitat from destruction."

"Research from DPIPWE confirms that a dose of 4.24mg per kg of body weight will kill 50% of Devils."

"If Mr Groom is serious about the future of the Tasmanian Devil he must commit to restoring the bans on 1080 and broadscale land clearing at an absolute minimum."

"While the Tasmanian Devil would make a fine animal emblem, I hope that other species such as the magnificent Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle are considered before a final decision is made."

"Mr Groom should also allow Tasmanians to have meaningful input into the decision on their animal emblem."