Legislation of the Table des Verts to protect native fauna
Rosalie Woodruff MP | Spokesperson for the Greens Environment and Biodiversity
Lutruwita/ Tasmania should be a wildlife sanctuary, but our native wildlife is increasingly under threat. The Greens tabled two bills in Parliament today, designed to protect our state’s unique and special native wildlife.
We were also proud to table a petition signed by 1,885 people calling for an end to the native duck hunt in Tasmania.
the Wildlife Bill 2021 (protection of native duck species) will ban the hunting of native ducks in lutruwita/ Tasmania, while the Bill 2021 modifying the management of cats (compulsory confinement) protects wildlife by ensuring that all domestic cats are subject to mandatory containment.
Other Australian states have already banned native duck hunting, and it’s high time lutruwita/ Tasmania did the same.
Duck shooting is a cruel and unsustainable practice that results in the death and suffering of tens of thousands of native birds each year. This is having an impact on the national population of these species – which is in decline.
The wider Tasmanian community does not support the so-called “sport” of indigenous duck shooting. This was reflected in the large number of people who signed the petition calling for a ban on this outdated practice.
The fact that protesters outnumbered hunters at Moulting Lagoon for the opening weekend of this year’s duck hunting season speaks volumes.
Unlike recent small Liberal changes to cat ownership laws, our Bill 2021 modifying the management of cats (compulsory confinement) responds to overwhelming advice from experts and responders, who recommend containment as the best method of cat control.
Wild cats are responsible for more than 1.5 billion native animal deaths each year, according to research from the Australian National University. A single feral cat is capable of killing 740 animals in an average year.
The Greens recognize that the impact of cats on wildlife is one of our state’s biggest environmental issues and understand the need for legislative change to protect the unique native species with which we share our island.
We also recognize that stray, stray and feral cats pose not only a risk to wildlife, but also to primary producers and to human health through toxoplasmosis. There is a lot of work to be done to tackle these issues, but our bill would be a big step forward and make a significant difference.
Greens call on both major parties to recognize the importance of protecting lutruwita/ The native wildlife of Tasmania, and urge them to support our proposed reforms.