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More Needs to Be Done to Protect Tasmania's Native Animals

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 15 September 2016

Tags: Environment, Threatened Species, Wedge-Tailed Eagle, Native Wildlife

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)          Notes that:—

(a)          in late August 2016 an endangered wedge-tailed eagle was discovered to have died after being shot with a high-calibre rifle in the leg, and that the bird was likely to have died a slow and painful death; and

(b)          a Tawny Frogmouth owl was shot four times in the head on Saturday 10 September 2016 with an air rifle from below as it sat on a tree limb.

(3)           Understands the Environment Department has appealed for help from the public in solving these crimes of violence, which threaten the survival of threatened native birds and also the public’s safety.

(4)           Recognises with deep concern that there is a culture in parts of the Tasmanian community that still sees the killing of native animals as justifiable.

(5)           Calls on the Minister for the Environment, Parks and Heritage, Hon. Matthew Groom MP, to publicly condemn these types of criminal acts, to reinforce our state commitment to prioritise the protection of native animals and their habitat, and to fund community education campaigns to promote these views.

(6)           Calls on the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management, Hon. Rene Hidding MP, to consider introducing financial rewards to encourage the public to come forward with information to help solve these types of crimes.