ACTION: let’s put wildlife on the election agenda

Take action for Australian wildlife now!The election this Saturday falls on Threatened Species Day, which commemorates the sad day the last Tasmanian tiger died in Hobart Zoo in 1936.

You would think this may be a wake-up call to the political parties, but wildlife seems to have been all but forgotten in this election.

But we can’t afford to forget.

We are lucky enough to have one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems with unique animals and plants found nowhere else on earth. Yet it seems we have taken this gift for granted and to our shame we also hold the title for having the worst mammal extinction rate in the world. Our nation has become ground zero for the biodiversity crisis.

Our wildlife is under threat from all angles - habitat loss, road kill, domestic pet attacks, hunting and persecution, disease and natural disasters.

Keystone species such as the Cassowary are in danger of extinction. Such critical species can lead to the collapse of entire ecosystems. Iconic species, such as koalas and wombats, are declining rapidly in some areas.

Threatened species recovery plans are currently woefully inadequate both in terms of the number of species they cover and the resourcing of the plans. How many more species need to go extinct before we act?

We must Find A Way to protect our wildlife for future generations.



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